News ID: 205405
Published: 0310 GMT December 02, 2017

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

As many as 512 died in an October truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an emergency committee investigating the terrorist atrocity found.

An earlier death toll of 358 already made the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history, AFP wrote.

No group claimed responsibility, but the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab terror group has been blamed.

“The overall number of people we have recorded involved in the casualty are 869 persons: 512 are dead, 295 wounded and about 70 others are not yet confirmed if they were dead and or missing,” Abdulahi Mohamed Shirwac, chairman of the Somali Emergency Operation Centre said.

The 11-member board was established to look into the October 14 bombing. The government has not commented on the report, which it received this week.

The Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu since 2007 and frequently deploys car and truck bombs against military, government and civilian targets.

The huge October explosion leveled buildings in the capital’s busy Kilometer 5 neighborhood.

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