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Somalia marks 1 year since devastating Mogadishu bombing

Somalia marks 1 year since Mogadishu bombing, among world's deadliest attacks since 9/11

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 14, 2018 14:00 IST ]
Image Source : AP Somalia marks 1 year since devastating Mogadishu bombing

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia is marking the first anniversary of one of the world's deadliest attacks since 9/11, a truck bombing in the heart of Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people.

Memories are still raw in a country that has faced decades of deadly chaos and attacks by the al-Shabab extremist group. The Oct. 14, 2017 attack was so devastating that al-Shabab never claimed responsibility amid local outrage.

As Somalis gather at a new memorial with a minute of silence, local media report that the man accused of orchestrating the bombing has been executed.

Many hope the global attention to the bombing will bring much-needed assistance for the fragile central government and security forces, who in the next few years are expected to take over the country's security from African Union peacekeepers.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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