ARCHIVE – On this Saturday, October 14, 2017 archive photo, the Somalis eliminate the body of a dead man in an explosion in the capital, Mogadishu, Somalia. The final death toll from the mbadive bombing on October 14 in Somalia's capital is 512, according to a report by the committee charged with investigating the worst attack in the country, obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday, December 2. 2017. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, Archive / Associated Press)
By Abdi Guled | AP By Abdi Guled | AP December 2 at 10:39 a.m.
MOGADISCIO, Somalia – The final death toll in the mbadive truck bombing in Somalia's capital in October is 512, according to the committee charged with investigating the country's worst attack.  The final toll is a dramatic increase from previous estimates of more than 350 deaths. The committee report, obtained by The Associated Press, says another 312 people were injured in the Mogadishu attack and 62 people are still missing.
Only a few attacks since September 11, 2001 killed so many people, according to the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland.
The Somali government blamed the extremist al-Qabab group linked to Al Qaeda for the October 14 attack, which hit a crowded street. Security officials said the bomb weighed between 600 kilograms and 800 kilograms (1,300 pounds and 1,700 pounds) as the bomb-making capabilities of the extremist group increased.
The attack dismayed the Somalis, with some calling it their "September 11". Hundreds of wounded overwhelmed hospitals in Mogadishu, where many people defied traditional vacillations and rushed to donate blood. Bewildered relatives picked up the rubble days later in the hope of finding survivors.
Later, thousands of Somalis marched through the capital in defiance of the extremist group, while the Somali-American president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced a new military offensive. and asked for help from the neighbors of the region.
Al-Shabab, who was expelled from the capital years ago but controls much of southern and central Somalia, often attacks high-profile areas in Mogadishu. Somali intelligence officials have said the huge bomb was aimed at attacking the heavily guarded airport, where several countries have embbadies, but detonated in the crowded street after soldiers opened fire and crushed one of the truck's tires.
The Islamic extremist group, the deadliest in Africa, has been targeted this year for about 30 attacks by US drones after the Trump administration approved the expansion of operations against it and declared the southern part of the Horn of Africa nation as an area of active hostilities. The United States now has more than 500 servicemen in Somalia.
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