A suspected under-vehicle improvised explosive device (UVIED) exploded near Dabka Junction in downtown Mogadishu on Thursday, November 1. The explosion occurred along Maka al-Mukarama road, between Dabka and Sayidka junctions at approximately 13:30 (local time). No casualties or claims of responsibility were reported as of 21:00. Al-Shabaab is strongly suspected of being behind the blast.
Al-Shabaab continues to conduct bombings and assassinations in south and central Somalia, including Mogadishu, though no bombings have been reported in the capital for three weeks. The group frequently targets government and international delegate convoys, infrastructure, and personnel.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to all 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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