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Old 10-15-17, 02:33 PM
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So these human beings are just going about living their lives, and some jerks decide to set off bombs and kill hundreds of them.

This is more than three times as many deaths as in Vegas.

Very tragic.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/w...mogadishu.html

Somalia Truck Bomb Attacks Kill Over 200

October 15, 2017

The death toll from twin bombing attacks in Somalia’s capital rose to more than 200 on Sunday, a minister said, as emergency crews pulled more bodies from burned cars and demolished buildings after the Saturday blasts.

Officials called the truck explosions one of the deadliest attacks to hit the capital, Mogadishu, since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

The explosions left at least 300 others wounded, and families scrambled to find missing relatives amid the rubble and in hospitals. The toll was expected to rise.

A former internal security minister, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, said by phone from Erdogan Hospital, where many of the dead and the injured were taken, that, “At least 237 people were confirmed killed in yesterday’s attack. There are other people who possibly died of their wounds at other hospitals.”

He also posted the same toll on Twitter.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of national mourning and called for donations of blood and funds to help the victims.

“Today’s horrific attack proves our enemy would stop nothing to cause our people pain and suffering. Let’s unite against terror,” Mr. Mohamed said on Twitter. He added that flags would be flown at half-staff: “Time to unite and pray together. Terror won’t win.”

“I call on our citizens to come out, extend help, donate blood and comfort the bereaved,” said the president, who himself donated blood on Sunday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions.

Photos published by the local news media showed scenes of carnage and devastation, with bodies, and bloodied slippers and shoes scattered in the aftermath. Windows of nearby buildings were shattered. Overturned cars burned in the streets.

Some of the victims had died in their cars and in public transport vehicles. Some news reports put the death toll as high as 218, but that could not be independently confirmed.

“There was a traffic jam, and the road was packed with bystanders and cars,” Abdinur Abdulle, a waiter at a nearby restaurant, said on Saturday. “It’s a disaster.”

The United States Mission to Somalia condemned the bombings, calling them “cowardly attacks” that “reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.”

The Qatari Embassy was severely damaged in the explosion, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, adding that the chargé d’affaires had been slightly injured.

The British ambassador to Somalia, David Concar, said on Twitter that the blast had been clearly audible from inside the British Embassy.

He also wrote: “Such cruel, cowardly acts. My condolences to the families and friends of the killed and injured, and to all Somalis. A time for unity and resolve.”

Erdogan Hospital, one of six hospitals that received wounded victims, said at least 127 people had been taken for treatment there. Senator Abshir Ahmed, the deputy speaker of the upper house of the Federal Parliament, wrote on his Facebook page that he had been told by Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Madina Hospital, that 218 bodies had been taken to that hospital.

At least 130 were burned beyond recognition, Mr. Ahmed wrote.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre appointed a 16-member committee, including ministers, civil society leaders and religious leaders, to arrange national funerals for the victims and to provide assistance to the wounded, according to his office.

The blast occurred two days after the head of the United States Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia’s president, and after the country’s defense minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons.

The American military has stepped up drone strikes this year against the Shabab, a group aligned with Al Qaeda that has recently stepped up attacks on army bases across the southern and central parts of the country.
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This is a horrible event. Unless plot is discovered beforehand, no defense against explosives.

130 burned beyond recognition. Death toll expected to rise as more than 300 wounded.

How are explosives so readily obtainable in this part of the world?
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Re: Somalia Truck Bomb Attacks Kill Over 200

Hasn't even come up in the news cause you know, it's Somalia. And no US soldiers died, so no real loss.
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Re: Somalia Truck Bomb Attacks Kill Over 200

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This is a horrible event. Unless plot is discovered beforehand, no defense against explosives.

130 burned beyond recognition. Death toll expected to rise as more than 300 wounded.

How are explosives so readily obtainable in this part of the world?
Somalia doesn't have a functioning government. The president of Somalia is really just the mayor of Mogadishu. Outside of city limits, everyone is free to do what he or she wants. It's the ultimate freedom. In this case, someone wanted to buy enough explosives kill hundreds of people.

When people call themselves anarchists, I think of Somalia.
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You don't know how "views" work.
Guaranteed most are bots, mate.
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What about that little light blue spot? It doesn't have a color coded response on the bottom



EDIT: Also where is Hawaii? and why is Alaska not the same as the rest of the US
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What about that little light blue spot? It doesn't have a color coded response on the bottom
What light blue spot? Are you talking about the Caspian Sea?
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Re: Somalia Truck Bomb Attacks Kill Over 200

On a serious note ... Damn. That’s hard to fathom destruction on that level.


On a less serious note ... Let me take both sides here:

“It’s a good thing the attackers didn’t have guns. Imagine how many more people would have died!”

And ...

“This is what happens when you don’t let people carry their own concealed explosives!”
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Originally Posted by creekdipper View Post
This is a horrible event. Unless plot is discovered beforehand, no defense against explosives.

130 burned beyond recognition. Death toll expected to rise as more than 300 wounded.

How are explosives so readily obtainable in this part of the world?

Anyone can read about chemistry on the internet or at a library.
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You don't know how "views" work.
Guaranteed most are bots, mate.

That hadn't occurred to me.
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Re: Somalia Truck Bomb Attacks Kill Over 200

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Hasn't even come up in the news cause you know, it's Somalia. And no US soldiers died, so no real loss.
And a gun wasn't used so yeah it didn't hit any of the media worthy points.
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Re: Somalia Truck Bomb Attacks Kill Over 200

The death toll from this has risen and is now at least 358:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14_Oct...dishu_bombings

Two weeks later, three more bombings in the same area killed a total of at least 23 people:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28_Oct...dishu_bombings
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What light blue spot? Are you talking about the Caspian Sea?
I think so. Wait, how much do we need to care if someone drowns there?
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I think so. Wait, how much do we need to care if someone drowns there?
That depends whether they come from Russia or something-something-istan.
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