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01 Feb 2020 | 01:26 PM UTC

Somalia: Multiple attacks reported in Mogadishu February 1

Multiple attacks reported across Mogadishu on February 1, resulting in casualties; heightened security presence expected over the coming hours

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Event

At least two people wee killed and several others wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Mogadishu on Saturday, February 1. The blast, which occurred in the Dharkenley district of the capital, reportedly targeted the convoy of a deputy district commissioner; the commissioner survived the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, though Al-Shabaab is highly suspected.

Additionally, reports indicate that two simultaneous blasts struck an African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) military convoy in the Heliwaa district of Mogadishu on Saturday. An unspecified number of casualties were reported. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in Mogadishu over the coming hours.

Context

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.

Advice

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.