Emerging reports indicate that Somali National Army (SNA) forces have been targeted in an explosion in Afgoye (Lower Shabelle region) on Thursday, October 8. There have been reports of casualties in the attack, but there was no immediate confirmation. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Al-Shabaab militants regularly carry out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in the Afgoye area.
Clashes are to be anticipated in Afgoye in the immediate term, and further militant attacks targeting military personnel are to be expected in Somalia in the medium term.
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.
Copyright and Disclaimer