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24 Jul 2019 | 06:26 PM UTC

Somalia: Al-Shabaab suicide bomber kills at least six people, wounds mayor, in Mogadishu July 24 /update 1

Somalia News Alert

Al-Shabaab-claimed suicide bombing attack kills at least six people, wounds mayor, in Mogadishu July 24; similar attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/26/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

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Event

A suicide bombing attack killed at least six people, including Abdiaziz district and Waberi district officials, and wounded six others, including the Mayor of Mogadishu, at the mayor's office in the capital on Wednesday, July 24. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. The death toll may rise over the coming hours.

Similar Al-Shabaab attacks are possible in Mogadishu over the near term.

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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