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.
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 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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