Minnesota Somalis mourn, condemn Somalia blast


"The barbaric attack points to a trend in which areas known for vibrant activity and thriving businesses are targeted", the AU Mission in Somalia said in an e-mailed statement. "This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past", said Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina hospital. "Those doing such carnage against innocent civilians should repent asking for Allah's forgiveness", said Robow, while speaking at a press conference. More than 31 people were killed in an attack outside a popular hotel and restaurant in the capital in June.

The attack in Mogadishu inflicted a horror on its residents that has become frighteningly common, as Al Shabaab, an offshoot of Al Qaeda, wages a war for dominance.

Investigators believe the attack on Saturday may in part have been motivated by a desire for revenge for the botched US-led operation in August.

A Somali soldier helps a civilian who was wounded in a blast in the capital of Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said that many of the victims were "burned beyond recognition" in what he described as "the deadliest attack ever".

The U.S. military has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab, which is also fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country. He squatted by the fresh grave, putting his hands to the earth and then to his lips, one by one.

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Secondo indiscrezioni riportate da diversi organi di stampa, il pakistano aveva amicizie e conoscenze in ambienti radicalizzati . Le indagini e la relativa inchiesta sono coperte dal più stretto riserbo, ma proseguiranno costantemente.

"State security-actor conduct is revealed as a prominent accelerator of recruitment, rather than the reverse", the UN report stated. It's what the people of Somalia deserve as they mourn those who died, cherish those who survived, and find ways, as always, to get on with the business of living.

The United Nations special envoy to Somalia called the attack "revolting", saying an unprecedented number of civilians had been killed.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning and joined thousands who responded to hospitals' desperate pleas by donating blood. The Guardian reported that officials have been questioning the minivan driver to learn more about the motive behind the attack.

Saturday's blast occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia's president, and two days after the country's defense minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons. The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasts winds of at least 39 mph across Ireland.

The U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance also arranged for the delivery of emergency medical supplies, along with the deployment of emergency medical teams, the State Department said.