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26 May 2020 | 05:27 AM UTC

Somalia: Security forces repel militant attack in Jubaland region May 24

Somalia News Alert

Security forces repel suspected Al-Shabaab militant attack on military training camp outside Dhobley (Jubaland region) on May 24; further attacks and security operations likely in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/26/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Somalia

Event

Security forces repelled a suspected Al-Shabaab militant attack on a military training camp outside Dhobley town (Jubaland region) on Sunday, May 24. According to reports, a group of militants targeted the camp on Sunday night (local time), heavy fighting ensued and at least two militants were killed and several others were injured in the clashes. Al-Shabaab militant group is yet to comment on the incident.

Similar militant operations targeting security forces are to be expected in Jubaland 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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