An explosion occurred in the Wardhigley district of Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, May 14, as hundreds of student protesters took to the streets to denounce the government's decision to cancel final exams for secondary schools over leakage of the examination. Details are still emerging. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely in the capital 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, avoid all gatherings as a precaution, 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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