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18 Jan 2020 | 09:34 AM UTC

Somalia: Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for suicide car bombing January 18 /update 1

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for suicide car bomb attack against Turkish personnel in Afgooye January 18; further attacks possible in the near term



Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack that took place on Saturday, January 18, in Afgooye, about 25 km (15 mi) northwest of Mogadishu. At least three people were killed, and several others wounded after a suicide attacker detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). The blast reportedly targeted Turkish engineers and contractors in the area. Details are still emerging.

Further attacks by Al-Shabaab are possible throughout Somalia in the near-term


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.


Individuals in Somalia are advised to 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.