Twin bomb explosions killed at least two people and wounded several others in Mogadishu on Sunday, August 25. The first attack, involving the detonation of a roadside bomb in Hodan district, killed one person and wounded several others; the second attack, involving the detonation of an under-vehicle improvised explosive device (UVIED) at a security checkpoint in the capital, killed a former secretary of the Banaadir regional administration. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the second attack.
Similar militant attacks are likely in Mogadishu over 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 Mogadishu are advised to monitor developments, 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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