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02 Apr 2020 | 08:01 PM UTC

Somalia: Soldiers and civilian killed in IED explosion in Mogadishu April 1

Vehicle hits an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mogadishu on April 1, killing two soldiers and a civilian; heightened security presence expected in the near term

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Event

An improvised explosive device (IED) killed two Somali soldiers and a civilian, and wounded several other soldiers, after their vehicle struck the device in Mogadishu on Wednesday, April 1. Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, similar IED attacks have been carried out by Al-Shabaab in the capital.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the capital in the near term.

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.