On Sunday, May 31, an IED blast struck a minibus in the neighborhood of Hawa Abdi (Lower Shabelle region), on the road between Afgoye and Mogadishu, leaving several civilians killed and wounded. Local sources report that about 20 people were traveling on the bus, with unconfirmed social media reports indicating that at least 10 individuals were killed and 13 others wounded. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area in the near term.
Individuals in Somalia are advised to avoid the 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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