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22 Jul 2019 | 08:33 AM UTC

Somalia: VBIED attack in Mogadishu July 22

Somalia News Alert

VBIED attack reported in Mogadishu July 22; further details still emerging

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu, Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ)

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Event

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) has detonated at the first security checkpoint of Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ) on the morning (local time) of Monday, July 22. The target and number of the casualties are not yet clear. The explosion was reportedly followed by heavy gunfire.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours. Further details are still emerging; avoid the area.

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, or traveling via MGQ 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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