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Somalia: VBIED near General Kahiye Police Academy (Mogadishu) Apr. 4 /update 1

Suspected VBIED reported near General Kahiye Police Academy (Mogadishu) April 4; avoid the area

04 Apr 04:46 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/5/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu
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Event

A suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) reportedly detonated near the General Kahiye Police Academy in Hamar Jajab district of Mogadishu on Thursday evening (local time), April 4. The number of associated casualties was not immediately reported.

A heightened security presence is to be expected around the site 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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