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Community to honor Minnesota man who was killed in Mogadishu blasts

Ahmed Eyow's mosque has organized an event in his memory.
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Ahmed Eyow's community will not forget his legacy.

The 50-year-old was among hundreds of people who were killed when a massive truck bomb was detonated on a busy street in Mogadishu last weekend.

Eyow was a husband and father of three from Bloomington who worked as a welder and was a recent college graduate. He had traveled to Mogadishu this month hoping to make a difference in his home country.

Eyow wanted to bring back stability to Somalia and had plans to apply for a job as a representative with the United Nations, a GoFundMe page created to help support his family says. 

Tragically, it was only hours after Eyow checked into his hotel that the largest blast went off. His body was found many hours later in the rubble, his brother Bashir Eyow told MPR.

Eyow's wife, Ruun Abdi, told the paper that he graduated from Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College before that.

"He loved America so much," Abdi told MPR. "And he was hoping to go and help Somalia ... we miss him so much. I want people to know he was a great father. He had two jobs, helping us very much. He worked so hard."

Eyow was also an active member of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. 

On Sunday, community members will gather at the mosque to remember Eyow and show support for his family, according to a press release from the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The event will be held at the Dar AL Farooq Islamic Center at 8201 Park Ave. S. beginning at 4:30 p.m., with a program to follow at 5 p.m. 

Somalia hit again

Just a week after Somalia's deadliest attack in history, more people have been killed in another explosion in the country.

At least 11 people were killed when a bus hit a landmine just southeast of Mogadishu on Sunday, according to Al Jazeera. The victims are said to be farmers.

Since the start of this year, more than 20 explosions have targeted Mogadishu, killing at least 500 people and injuring more than 630, Al Jazeera says. Two large explosions occur on average in the capital every month, according to the New York Times.

Sunday's attack followed the October 14 blast that killed 358 people and left more than 400 injured. Some 56 people are also still missing, BBC says.

The Somali government has blamed the violence on al-Shabab, but no group has taken responsibility.

Here are a few ways you can help the victims and their families.

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