A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) targeted a security checkpoint at Dabka junction (Makka Al-Mukarama Street) in Mogadishu on the night (local time) of Friday, December 21, leaving one person lightly wounded. Police have reportedly cordoned off the incident area; the suspect fled the scene following the attack. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near the site over the coming hours.
No group has claimed responsibility for the incident but Al-Shabaab regularly carries out similar attacks and is suspected of being responsible for Friday's 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 Mogadishu are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the attack, 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.
Copyright and Disclaimer