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01 Nov 2018 | 09:37 PM UTC

Somalia: Car bomb detonates in downtown Mogadishu November 1

Somalia News Alert

A car bomb detonates along Maka al-Mukarama road in Mogadishu on November 1; no casualties reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/1/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/3/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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