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24 Jul 2019 | 02:28 PM UTC

Somalia: Unconfirmed reports of casualties after explosion at mayor’s office in Mogadishu July 24

Somalia News Alert

Unconfirmed reports of casualties after explosion at mayor’s office in Mogadishu July 24; further details still emerging

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

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Event

Unconfirmed reports claim an explosion at the Mogadishu mayor's office on Wednesday, July 24, has resulted in an unspecified number of casualties. Further information was not immediately reported.

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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