Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two separate attacks in Baledogle (Lower Shabelle) and Mogadishu on Monday, September 30. In Baledogle, Al-Shabaab militants mounted an attack on the Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA) complex using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and mortars. The group claimed to have breached the perimeters of the base and inflicted multiple casualties, but US military authorities said the attack was repelled and that no personnel were wounded. In response to the attack, US Africa Command conducted two airstrikes that killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants.
Separately on Monday, a roadside bomb struck an Italian military convoy in Mogadishu, causing damage to two armoured vehicles. According to the Italian Ministry of Defense, no casualties were sustained in the blast.
Similar attacks are possible 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 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 and Baledogle 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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