A suspected improvised explosive device (IED) targeted security personnel in Lafole (Afgooye district; Lower Shabelle region) on Thursday morning, November 19. Unconfirmed reports state that at least two were killed and several others injured. Responsibility for the blast was not immediately claimed.
Security operations are possible in the vicinity over the coming hours. Localized disruptions to transport are also expected following the incident.
Those in Lafole are advised to avoid the abovementioned area in the immediate term, 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. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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