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05 May 2020 | 06:25 AM UTC

Somalia: Militants assault bases in Lower Juba and Lower Shabelle regions May 3-4

Somalia News Alert

Al-Shabaab militants assault three military bases in Lower Juba and Lower Shabelle regions on May 3-4; all attacks successfully repelled

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle region

Event

Multiple military bases were assaulted by Al-Shabaab fighters in Lower Juba and Lower Shabelle regions on Sunday, May 3, and Monday, May 4. In Lower Shabelle region, Somali National Army (SNA) positions in Ceel-Salini and Barire were targeted in hit-and-run attacks on Sunday. According to the SNA, both assaults were repelled and at least ten militants were killed. On Monday, a Kenyan military post was attacked in Afmadow district (Lower Juba). No casualties were immediately confirmed by either side.

Similar militant operations targeting security forces in Lower Juba and Lower Shabelle regions are anticipated over the near term.

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 present in Somalia are advised to maintain vigilance and keep abreast of the situation.

The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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