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Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in war-torn Somalia

  • From left to right; Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan, Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Somalia's President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, cut the ribbon at a ceremony to open a new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, June 3, 2016. Erdogan opened the new Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital on Friday amid heavy security less than two days after militants attacked a hotel in the city, killing 15 people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    From left to right; Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan, Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Somalia's President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, cut the ribbon at a ceremony to open a new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, June 3, 2016. Erdogan opened the new Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital on Friday amid heavy security less than two days after militants attacked a hotel in the city, killing 15 people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left to right; Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a ceremony to open a new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, June 3, 2016. Erdogan opened the new Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital on Friday amid heavy security less than two days after militants attacked a hotel in the city, killing 15 people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    From left to right; Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a ceremony to open a new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, June 3, 2016. Erdogan opened the new Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital on Friday amid heavy security less than two days after militants attacked a hotel in the city, killing 15 people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Somali girls wearing clothes in the colors of the Turkish flag, outside the new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, June 3, 2016. Erdogan opened the new Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital on Friday amid heavy security less than two days after militants attacked a hotel in the city, killing 15 people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Somali girls wearing clothes in the colors of the Turkish flag, outside the new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, June 3, 2016. Erdogan opened the new Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital on Friday amid heavy security less than two days after militants attacked a hotel in the city, killing 15 people. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali official says Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Somalia to open the new Turkish embassy in Mogadishu and launch development projects sponsored by his government.

Ahmed Mohamed, a senior policeman said Friday that security has been tightened across the Somali capital where Islamic extremists killed at least 15 people in an attack on a hotel late Wednesday. This is Erdogan's third visit to Somalia, making him the only non-African president to visit Somalia in decades.

During his visit, Friday, the final leg of his East Africa trip, Erdogan is scheduled to hold talks with Somali leaders as the country gears up for a presidential election this year. Ergodan also visited Kenya and Uganda on this trip.