Al-Shabaab militants reportedly attacked an African Union (AU) military base near the town of Bulobarde (Hiran region) on Wednesday, September 4, exchanging gunfire with Djiboutian peacekeepers on the base. Media sources report that Djiboutian soldiers detained at least 17 people with suspected connections to the militant group following the firefight.
No casualties were immediately reported and further details were still emerging as of Wednesday evening (local time). Similar attacks are to be expected in Somalia over the near term.
Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over large zones in the south and center of Somalia and attacks by 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 Somalia are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by 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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