Minnesota Somali Community Reacts After Mogadishu Bombing

October 16, 2017 07:34 PM

Religious leaders and advocates in Minnesota's large Somali community are condemning an attack in Somalia that killed more than 300 people.

Saturday's attack in Mogadishu also injured about 400 people and left scores missing. Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota, says some Minnesotans still don't know if their loved ones are OK.


RELATED: Bloomington Man Killed in Mogadishu Blast

He says the bombing has brought "a great deal of sadness" to the community.


Somalis in Minnesota:

  • In the latest estimate (2016) from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 55,340 Somalis living in Minnesota in 2016 — with a margin of error of 8,213 (plus or minus). So, that creates a range of roughly between 47,127 and 63,553 people.   

See also: American Community Survey demographic and population data for Minnesota  

- Courtesy Minnesota State Demographic Office

Imam Hassan Mohamud called the attack Somalia's 9/11. Others spoke of efforts to raise money or send medical supplies to the victims.

RELATED: Somalia Truck Bombing Toll over 300 as Scores Missing
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. Many residents say they have relatives who were hurt or killed in the attack. At least one person who lived in Minnesota, Ahmed Abdi Karin Eyow, a father of three from Bloomington, died.


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