Somalia: Government marks 1 year since devastating Mogadishu bombing
Mogadishu,October 14, 2018,(AltAfrica) – 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.