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22 May 2019 | 07:50 AM UTC

Somalia: Explosion reported in Mogadishu May 22

Somalia News Alert

Suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED)explodes in Mogadishu May 22; details still emerging

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

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A suspected vehicle-borne explosive device (VBIED) detonated near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Central Bank, and Ministry of Finance in Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, May 22. Details are still emerging. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely in the capital over the coming hours, particularly around the blast site.


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.


Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, avoid all gatherings as a precaution, 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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