Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and then killed seven local aid workers and a civilian in Galooley village on the outskirts of Balad district (Middle Shabelle region) on Wednesday, May 27. Armed masked men reportedly dressed in military uniforms stormed a health center on Galooley before carrying out the abductions and killings. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the incident.
Further violent incidents are possible across Somalia over the near term.
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 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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