At least four civilians were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Awdheegle (Lower Shabelle province) on Thursday, April 9. A group of civilians was reportedly walking near the K60 road area when they accidentally struck the landmine, causing it to detonate. Reports indicate that two other civilians in the group sustained injuries in the explosion.
Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, al-Shabaab militants are known for planting roadside bombs and landmines to target Somali security forces.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area in the near term.
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.
Individuals in Somalia are advised to avoid the area, 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.