A small explosion was reported on Maka Al-Mukarama Road near the KM4 junction in Mogadishu on Tuesday afternoon (local time), March 26. According to local sources, at least one person was killed and two others were wounded in the blast. The cause of the explosion was not immediately reported.
A heightened security presence and residual transportation disruptions are possible in the vicinity of the blast over the coming hours.
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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