Al-Shabaab militants killed nine security force members in an attack involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on a convoy carrying supplies to Somali forces on the outskirts of Awdheegle (Lower Shabelle region) on Saturday, October 3. The soldiers were from a nearby base where they are being trained by Turkish forces. The Somali National Army (SNA) has not commented on the attack.
Security operations are possible in response to the attack over the coming days. Further militant attacks are likely over the medium term.
Al-Shabaab continues to control 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 Western and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
Those in the area are advised to remain vigilant 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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