Casualties are feared after an explosion occurred at a busy livestock market in Afgoye (Lower Shabelle region) on Wednesday, September 23. The explosion was reportedly the result of a landmine being detonated at the market. Initial reports have indicated at least one person has died and two others have been wounded, but official confirmation of casualties is awaited. No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack; although Al-Shabaab militants have been responsible for similar incidents in the past.
A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are expected in the vicinity of the market in the aftermath of the incident. Further attacks in the area are possible over the near term.
Those in the area are advised to remain vigilant 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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