Al-Shabaab militants fired at least 13 mortars at a Turkish military base in Mogadishu on Saturday, May 12. No casualties were reported. Additional Al-Shabaab attacks on military installations in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia are possible in the near-term.
Al-Shabaab militants have carried out similar attacks in the past, firing mortars from the backs of pick-up trucks and then quickly fleeing the area before security forces can respond.
Al-Shabaab continues to control large zones in the south and center of Somalia and attacks from the group are frequent across the country, including in the capital Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the Western- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the area of the attack, remain vigilant for potential militant activity, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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