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31 Mar 2020 | 01:21 PM UTC

Somalia: Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for roadside bomb on March 31

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for a roadside bomb targeting Ethiopian soldiers in Garbaharey in Gedo region on March 31; further attacks possible in the near term



A roadside bomb detonated on the outskirts of Garbaharey in Gedo region on Tuesday, March 31, killing at least two Ethiopian soldiers and wounding a further four people, including soldiers and civilians. According to local sources, the blast from the improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a convey of Ethiopian troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.


The Al-Shabaab militant group continues to exercise effective control over large zones in Somalia and attacks form the group are frequent across the country. 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 are advised to remain vigilant for further militant activity and security operations in the area. Individuals should 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.