A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) has detonated at the Ex Control Afgoye area of Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Monday, September 2. The vehicle, which the driver and two gunmen occupied, was first stopped by the police and then the police killed one of the gunmen. The other managed to escape, prompting the driver to trigger the VBIED, killing himself and injuring several police officers. Police are pursuing the gunman who escaped. The target and number of the casualties are not yet clear.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours. Further details are still emerging; avoid the area.
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, 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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