Government officials in Somalia confirmed that Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman died on Thursday, August 1, as a result of injuries sustained in an Al-Shabaab-claimed suicide bombing at his office on July 24. The attack, which left six others dead, had targeted the new UN Envoy to Somalia James Swan, who had left the office only moments before the bombing. The mayor was airlifted to a hospital in Qatar, where he was being treated for his injuries when he passed away. Somalia's president has called for three days of mourning in the wake of the mayor's death.
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 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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