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29 sept. 2019 | 07h24 UTC

Somalia: Military convoy hits landmine in Mogadishu September 29

Somalia Alerte de sécurité

African Union military convoy hits landmine in Heliwa area of Mogadishu on September 29; no immediate reports of casualties

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/9/2019, 12h00 until 29/9/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Mogadishu

Event

An African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) convoy reportedly hit a landmine in the Heliwa area of Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Sunday, September 29. According to local media reports, the incident occurred near the SOS Hospital. AMISOM soldiers reportedly opened fire following the explosion. No casualties have been confirmed as of 10:15.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the affected area, 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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