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22 May 2019 | 10:16 AM UTC

Somalia: Explosion kills at least five in Mogadishu May 22 /update 1

Somalia News Alert

Explosion kills at least five people in Mogadishu May 22; localized disruptions likely over coming hours

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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Event

A suicide vehicle-borne explosive device, which detonated at the entrance of Godka Jilacow Prison in Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, March 22, killed at least five people. The attack reportedly targeted a convoy of government officials, members of parliament, and army commanders. Al-Shabaab issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely in the capital 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, 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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