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Update: Minnesota man among hundreds killed in Mogadishu bombing

He was killed only a few hours after arriving in his hometown.
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A Minnesota man was among hundreds of people who were killed when a massive truck bomb was detonated on a busy street in Mogadishu this weekend.

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington says a member of its mosque, Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow, was killed in the blast. 

According to a GoFundMe page the mosque created to raise money for his family: 

Eyow was resting in his hotel room when the explosion hit, tearing the building apart and killing him.

A native of Somalia, Eyow became a refugee when he fled the country after the government collapsed in the early 90s. He eventually settled in Minnesota in 1998.

He earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Services last year and was working as a welder, but longed to return to his homeland.

Eyow hoped to bring back stability to Somalia by applying for a job as a representative with the UN. He left Minnesota on Oct. 7, "looking forward to a chance to make a difference in his home country," the page says.

He visited with family in Kenya for about a week before making his way to his hometown of Mogadishu on Saturday. The bomb went off only a few hours after Eyow arrived and checked into his hotel.

He leaves behind three children and a wife in Minnesota, along with various other family members that he used to send money to.

"The family is still reeling from the shock of losing their father and their future is unclear. We ask for the help of anyone reading this to donate what they can to help preserve the security of this family and support them in their dire time of need," the page says. 

As of Sunday afternoon, the fundraiser had raised $2,140 of its $100k goal.

Read the original story from Sunday morning below.

The people of Somalia are in mourning and still searching for survivors after one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history.

According to CNN, a massive car bomb was detonated near a popular hotel in the capital of Mogadishu on Saturday night, devastating the area as dozens of buildings were reduced to rubble. 

A second vehicle bomb went off nearby shortly after the first blast, CNN says.

Rescue workers with flashlights worked overnight to search for survivors trapped under the rubble of the largely destroyed Safari Hotel, NBC News says. Many victims were burnt beyond recognition.

As of Sunday morning, the New York Times says more than 200 people were killed, and at least 300 more were wounded in the explosions. The death toll is expected to climb.

The Times cited a former internal security minister, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, who tweeted the updated body count after visiting local hospitals.

It is one of the deadliest attacks in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007, BBC says. Other sources are reporting that it is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation.

It's not yet clear who staged the attack, BBC adds, but Mogadishu is a target for the al-Qaida-linked terror group, whose members are battling the government.

Somalia's president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared three days of national mourning and said that flags would be flown at half-staff.

“Today’s horrific attack proves our enemy would stop nothing to cause our people pain and suffering. Let’s unite against terror,” Mohamed said on Twitter.

Mohamed also called on citizens to donate blood for the victims, and tweeted a photo of himself doing just that.

Citizens marched in the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday morning, as a demonstration to condemn the violence.

According to the Independent, the U.S. military has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabaab.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the October 14 terrorist attacks that killed and injured scores of innocent Somalis in Mogadishu,” the U.S. Mission to Somalia said in a statement.

If you'd like to support relief efforts, contact first responders at Aamin Ambulance.

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