Three explosions were reported in downtown Mogadishu on the afternoon (local time) of Friday, November 9. According to local sources, the suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) detonated between 16:25 and 16:45 in the K4 area of the city between the Sahafi Hotel and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) headquarters. Small arms fire was subsequently reported around the blast sites. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Details are still emerging.
Al-Shabaab continues to conduct bombings and assassinations in south and central Somalia, including in Mogadishu. The group frequently targets government and international delegate convoys, infrastructure, and personnel.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the area of the blast, to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.