Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two improvised explosive device (IED) detonations that targeted an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy in Mogadishu on Tuesday, November 6. At least one person was wounded in the first explosion in Huriwa district, close to the Balcad ex-control checkpoint; no casualties were reported in the second explosion. Following the detonations, AMISOM troops killed four civilians in a gunfight with suspected Al-Shabaab militants, according to local reports. Local press and social media have referred to the deaths as executions. As a result, local residents conducted protests in the area later on Tuesday, demanding that officials open a probe into the deaths of the civilians. Similar Al-Shabaab attacks are possible in Mogadishu in the near term.
Al-Shabaab continues to conduct bombings and assassinations in south and central Somalia, including in Mogadishu. 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 for militant activity, 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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