Al-Shabaab militants attacked a military base south of Mogadishu on Sunday, September 22, killing at least 20 soldiers and wounding 18 others. The militants reportedly detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) outside the base before raiding the compound. According to local officials, Somali special forces managed to regain control of the base after a 40-minute gun battle in which 13 militants were killed.
Similar Al-Shabaab attacks are possible in Somalia 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 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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