Reports indicate a suspected Impovised Explosive Device (IED) detonated at the passage of an army convoy, at approximately 07:25 (local time) in the Hodan district of Mogadishu. The convoy was reportedly transporting Somalia's military court chief, Colonel Hassan Alinoor Shute, who survived the attack. Three soldiers are, however, reported killed and two other civilians injured. Details are emerging. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours.
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 Mogaddishu 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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