A suspected Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED) detonated at Shaqaalaha junction in Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Thursday, March 14. According to local sources, the chief of the Criminal Investigation Department, Ali Bile, was targeted but survived. It is unclear if there are any casualties from the blast. Details are still emerging.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the affected area, 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. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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