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Somalia: Independence Day July 1

Somalia will celebrate its Independence Day on July 1; terrorist attacks possible

30 Jun 10:04 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/1/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/1/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Somalia

Event

Somalia will commemorate its independence from Italy on Saturday, July 1. There is a possibility that Al-Shabaab will carry out terrorist attacks across the country, particularly in Mogadishu in response to the occasion. Remain vigilant and anticipate heightened security measures, particularly in urban hubs.

Context

July 1 marks the 57th anniversary of the founding of the Somali Republic.

Mogadishu is regularly hit by attacks by Al-Shabaab, which continues to control large zones in the south and center of the country. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the Western- and United Nations-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.

Advice

Individuals in Somalia, particularly in Mogadishu, are advised to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behavior or objects to the authorities.

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise their citizens against all travel to Somalia; professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

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