A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) reportedly exploded in Awdhegle on Wednesday, August 14, which targeted a security checkpoint in the area. Media sources indicate that the explosion was followed by heavy gunfire.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Details are emerging.
Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over large zones in the south and center of Somalia and attacks by 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 Somalia are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by 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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