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26 Sep 2019 | 06:23 PM UTC

Somalia: IED attack in Mogadishu September 26

Somalia News Alert

Improvised explosive device (IED) attack strikes convoy in Mogadishu September 26; three people wounded

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/26/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/27/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

Event

At least three people were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Mogadishu on Thursday, September 26. The attack reportedly targeted a convoy of Turkish officials traveling along the K5, or Zoobe Junction. As of Thursday evening (local time), no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours.

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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