GOOBJOOG NEWS|MOGADISHU Somalia today marks the 4th anniversary of one of the single deadliest truck bombing in the world that killed 587 people on Oct 14, 2017 in Mogadishu.
October 14 has remained as the national remembrance day for the victims of the terror attack which left hundreds of civilians dead and others with life-long scars.
Hassan Adan Isak, the terrorist involved in the deadliest bomb attack in Somalia’s history was executed by a firing squad on the first anniversary of the blast.
Isak detonated one of the vehicles filled with explosives at a busy intersection in the capital, Mogadishu, causing damage of untold magnitude to both lives and property. The UN estimated the bomb which was reportedly set to hit the UN compound in Mogadishu weighed 1200 kilograms.
While marking the 4th anniversary since the attack, the US embassy in Mogadishu reiterated its commitment to Somalia in the fight against terrorism.
“On the fourth anniversary of the appalling 14October attack, we remember the victims and their families, and stand in solidarity with Somalia in the fight against terrorism,” the embassy said in a tweet.
UN Somalia also said it stands with Somalia as it commemorates the day a dark cloud hung over the nation causing untold misery.
“As Somalis mark today the fourth anniversary of the Mogadishu bombings of 14 October 2017 which caused so much suffering and devastation, the UN family in Somalia remembers the victims and the injured, and stands in solidarity with all Somalis.”
The militant group Al-Shabaab went mute over the bombing supposedly owing to the scale of civilians deaths which would otherwise degrade its public image.