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30 Sep 2019 | 10:27 AM UTC

Somalia: Attacks in Mogadishu and Belidogle September 30

Somalia News Alert

Attacks strike convoy in Mogadishu and military base in Belidogle September 30; avoid the areas

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu, Belidogle

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Event

A suspected Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED) targeted a European Union Training Mission convoy at the Deyniile District of Mogadishu on Monday, September 30. No casualties have been reported. Furthermore, a second attack was reported in Belidogle (Lower Shabelle) on Monday, where a vehicle detonated in front of the local airstrip.

Details are emerging. No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents, although Al-Shabaab is highly suspected.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in both areas 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 and Belidogle 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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