An explosion reportedly occurred on Saturday, August 15, in the Fanole district of Kismayo (Lower Juba region). Unconfirmed media sources indicate that the blast was the result of a grenade attack at the residence of a local businessman and is suspected to have been carried out by al-Shabaab militants, however, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. There have been no confirmed reports of casualties. Security forces have reportedly launched operations in the area.
Further attacks are possible in Kismayo over the near term.
Those in Kismayo are advised to 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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