Local sources report that militants launched an attack on a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Qansahdhere (Bay region) on Sunday, October 25, triggering heavy clashes in the area. Reports indicate that at least one security forces member is believed to have been killed in the fighting, and three others wounded, although details are still emerging regarding casualty figures and the nature of the fighting, including the identity of the attackers.
Clashes are likely to continue in the area in the immediate term, and further militant attacks and security operations are to be expected in the region in the medium 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.