A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near Banadir Junction in Mogadishu on Monday, January 14, close to the Village restaurant. Further details regarding the incident are still emerging.
Al-Shabaab continues to control large zones in the south and center of the country and attacks from the group are frequent across Somalia, including in Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the West- 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 blast, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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