Surface to air fire (SAFIRE) hit an aircraft carrying aid for the World Food Program (WFP) in the Qansaxdheere area of Bay region at approximately 17:00 (local time) on Monday, May 25. No casualties have been reported and the aircraft landed safely. Social media imagery reportedly shows a bullet hole in both a wing section and the fuselage area of the aircraft. Responsibility for the attack has not been claimed, although local officials are blaming Al-Shabaab militants.
Similar attacks targeting aircraft are possible in Bay region over the near term.
This is the second aircraft-related incident in the Bay region and follows the downing of an aircraft delivering coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related medical supplies to the region on May 4.
Individuals in the area are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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