Mogadishu Bombing Data – Proof of Concept for Quick Response, Considered and Thematic Social Media data for news networks
On 14 October 2017, a massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia,
killed at least 358 people and injured 400. The truck was detonated after it was stopped; the
actual target of the attack is believed to have been a secure compound housing international agencies
Though no organisation claimed responsibility, officials stated that a key member of the cell that carried
it out told them Al-Shabaab was responsible. The attack was the deadliest in Somalia‘s history,
surpassing the 2011 Mogadishu bombing that killed 100 people. In response to the bombings, Somali
president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning.
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