On Monday, October 1, Al-Shabaab released a statement claiming responsibility for attacking an EU Training Mission (EUTM) convoy in Mogadishu earlier in the day. A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) detonated near Italian military vehicles traveling near the Ministry of Defense building around 120:00 (local time) on Monday. According to local reports, two civilians were killed in the blast and another five wounded. No EUTM personnel were injured in the attack.
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 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 Somalia, particularly in Mogadishu, are advised to remain vigilant and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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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