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04 May 2020 | 04:53 PM UTC

Somalia: Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Mogadishu mortar attack May 4 /update 2

Somalia News Alert

Al-Shabaab militants claim responsibility for May 4 mortar attack in Mogadishu; three rounds reportedly land in Eng Yariisow Stadium and another in Behaani area of nearby Kaaran district, with no casualties immediately reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/4/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

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Event

Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for a mortar attack aimed at government and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) facilities in Mogadishu around 16:53 (local time) on Monday, May 4. Three rounds reportedly landed in Eng Yariisow Stadium in the Cabdulcassis district of the capital, while a fourth round landed in nearby Bahaani area of Karaan district. No casualties were immediately reported. The incident marks the first mortar attack targeting Somali government facilities since September 2019.

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours. Additional Al-Shabaab mortar attacks targeting Somali government and AMISOM facilities are possible over the coming hours and days.

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, 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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