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Rochester Somali Community Comes Together After Bombing in Mogadishu

October 23, 2017 04:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A week after a bombing in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Rochester's Somali community is coming together to raise money and support for the families of the victims.

Sunday, several dozen community members and local lawmakers gathered at the Rochester Math and Science Academy to remember the 358 people killed in the attack.

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"We have a large Somali community living here in Minnesota and also in Rochester," said Omar Nur, the director of Rochester-based Somalia Rebuild Organization, "When we heard that news, it was bad news, we believe it was a black day for Somalia."

Part of the event's goal is to show that even though the attack happened halfway across the globe, its effects are being felt in Minnesota.

"We have people here tonight who are grieving [...] I just met a woman here tonight whose nephew died in the blast, and she had helped put him through medical school," said state Senator Carla Nelson.

A Bloomington man is also among the attack's victims.

So far, two people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

The event's organizers are also hoping to raise $100,000 for the victims and their families. Donations can be directed to the Somalia Rebuild Organization or the Rochester Math and Science Academy.


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