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14 Nov 02:12 PM UTC

Somalia: Explosion reported in Mogadishu Nov. 14

Suicide car bomb targeting AMISOM convoy detonated in the Weedo suburb of Mogadishu November 14; one killed, one injured

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/20/2017, 9:58 PM until 11/20/2017, 9:58 PM (Africa/Mogadishu).

COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

Event

A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was detonated near the Mogadishu suburb of Weedo, on the main road linking Mogadishu and the town of Afgoye, on Tuesday, November 14. The SVBIED targeted an AMISOM convoy (African Union Mission In Somalia) that was escorting US officials. The jihadist group Al-Shabaab claimed that five US personnel were killed in the attack. However, according to official sources, only the suicide bomber was killed and one AMISOM soldier was injured. Details are still emerging.

Context

Mogadishu is still recovering from a massive car bomb attack that occurred on October 14, killing at least 358 people and injuring more than 500 others. The incident occurred in the Hodan district of the capital, in close proximity to the Safari Hotel.

Al-Shabaab continues to control large zones in the south and center of the country and attacks from the group are frequent in Somalia, including in Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructures in a bid to topple the Western- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia. Al-Shabaab is believed to be behind the October 14 attack.

Advice

Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the area of the blast and remain vigilant.

Due to the high threat of terrorism, individuals present throughout the country are advised to avoid government and institutional buildings as well as political events due to Al-Shabaab's tendency to target political figures and security forces. Because of extremely poor security conditions, travel should only be considered with appropriate security precautions in place.