Somali National Army (SNA) forces successfully repelled a complex attack by Al-Shabaab militants on a base in Awdhegle (Lower Shabelle region) on Wednesday, August 14. The attack was initiated by two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) detonating outside of the base before Al-Shabaab fighters attacked from two sides. Military officials claimed that 23 militants were killed in the assault. At least six soldiers and a civilian embedded with the SNA also died in the attack.
Further militant operations targeting security forces in Lower Shabelle region are likely in the near term.
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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