The manager of the P&O Port in Bosaso (Puntland region) was shot and killed while traveling to the port on Monday, February 4. According to initial reports, two men dressed as fishermen shot the victim in the fish market. Security forces killed one of the attackers and detained the other at the scene. Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the assassination. Similar attacks are possible in Bosaso in the near term.
Al-Shabaab continues to control large zones in the south and center of the country and attacks have been on the rise in the northern parts of Somalia, including Puntland, since late 2016. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the Western- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
Individuals in Somalia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the attack, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.