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28 Mar 2019 | 02:27 PM UTC

Somalia: Explosion kills at least 15 people in Mogadishu March 28 /update 2

Somalia News Alert

VBIED explosion kills at least 15 people near Wehliye hotel in Mogadishu on March 28; heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions likely over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

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Event

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated outside the Wehliye hotel in Mogadishu on Thursday morning (local time), March 28, killing at least 15 people and wounding 17 others. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, although Al-Shabaab has staged several similar attacks in the capital over the previous two weeks and is suspected to have carried it out.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours.

Context

Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over 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 West- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.

Advice

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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