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31 Mar 2020 | 10:44 PM UTC

Somalia: Local governor killed in Al-Shabaab suicide bombing March 30

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for suicide bomb attack which killed the local governor of Nugaal on March 30; further attacks possible in the near term

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Event

The local governor of Nugaal in northeastern Somalia, was killed in a suicide bombing at a police station in Garowe on Monday, March 30. According to initial reports, the attacker rushed towards the governor's vehicle and subsequently detonated his suicide vest. Nugaal Governor Abdisalan Hassan Hersi succumbed to his wounds after being rushed to the hospital in Garowe. A soldier and former police commander were also reportedly wounded in the blast and in hospital. The Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A heightened security presence is expected in the area over the coming days.

Context

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.

Advice

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.