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08 Jan 2020 | 01:21 AM UTC

Somalia: Explosion reported in Mogadishu January 8

Suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonates in Mogadishu on January 8; details still emerging



A suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near the Sayidka Junction in Mogadishu on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, January 8. According to local sources, the blast was reported around 09:30. Local media also reported heavy gunfire in the area following the explosion. Details are still emerging.


Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the area of the blast, 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.