A complex attack is ongoing in Mogadishu at the Ministry of Labor building as of 13:15 (local time) on Saturday, March 23. Unconfirmed reports indicate up to five men may be involved in the attack, which started at 10:55 when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device (VBIED) outside the building. A second device detonated around 11:18 near the roundabout in the vicinity of the Ministry of Labor. Initial reports indicate at least 11 people have been wounded. Al-Shabaab has released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. Details are still emerging.
Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over 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 West- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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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