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07 Dec 2018 | 12:58 PM UTC

Somalia: Militants ambush army convoy near Mogadishu Dec. 6

Somalia News Alert

Al-Shabaab militants ambush a military convoy near Mogadishu on December 6; two high profiles killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/7/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/7/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

Event

General Omar Dhere, his deputy General Abdi Jamame, and six of their bodyguards were killed when their military vehicle was struck by a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) between the towns of Jazeera and Dhanaane, located outside the capital Mogadishu, on Thursday, December 6. Al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Context

The attack occured days after the Somali government claimed that Somali National Army (SNA) troops had cleared Al-Shabaab from the strategic Mogadishu to Marka district main supply route. The attack was reportedly pre-planned and suggests a breach in the general's security. Al-Shabaab continues to conduct bombings and assassinations in southern and central Somalia, including Mogadishu. The group frequently targets government and international delegate convoys, infrastructure, and personnel.

Al-Shabaab continues to conduct bombings and assassinations in southern and central Somalia, including Mogadishu. 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.

 

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