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24 Dec 2019 | 10:30 AM UTC

Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants kill three soldiers at Gofgadud base (Bay region) December 23

Al-Shabaab militants kill three soldiers at Gofgadud base (Bay region) December 23; similar militant attacks possible in the region over the near term

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Event

Al-Shabaab militants killed three soldiers in an attack on the Gofgadud base (Bay region) on Monday, December 23. Somali troops reportedly regained control of the base following the initial Al-Shabaab attack, killing six militants in a successful counterattack.

Similar Al-Shabaab attacks are possible in the region over 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 Bay region are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, 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.