A suspected under-vehicle improvised explosive device (UVIED) exploded near the Kuwait Plaza hotel located on Maka Al-Mukarama Road (MAM), in downtown Mogadishu on Tuesday, November 20. The explosion occurred around noon (local time). At least two people were reportedly injured and the MAM has been closed until further notice. Details are still emerging. Al-Shabaab is strongly suspected of being behind the attack.
Al-Shabaab continues to conduct bombings and assassinations in south and central Somalia, including Mogadishu, though no bombings have been reported in the capital for three weeks. The group frequently targets government and international delegate convoys, infrastructure, and personnel.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, 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.