Mogadishu, SOMALIA – Last night, an improvised explosive device (IED) attack struck the outskirts of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, resulting in casualties among government soldiers and underscoring the lingering threat of the Al-Shabab extremist group in the country. The IED blast, which occurred in the area known as Elasha Biyaha (Ceelasha Biyaha in Somali) located between Mogadishu and Afgoye in the Lower Shabelle region, tragically targeted a military vehicle, killing two soldiers and wounding two more.
Al-Shabab, the militant Islamist organization waging an insurgency against Somalia’s government for over a decade, was quick to claim responsibility for the attack. The group asserted they had successfully struck government forces and inflicted casualties. By employing tactics such as IEDs, Al-Shabab aims not only to cause immediate harm but also to undermine confidence in the government’s ability to protect its citizens and maintain order.
This latest strike demonstrates Al-Shabab’s continued capacity to threaten stability in Somalia through asymmetric attacks like Sunday night’s roadside bombing. Despite counterterrorism efforts over the years, the extremists retain influence especially in the country’s south and strike both civilian and military targets with disturbing frequency.
The group’s relentless assaults on security forces, government institutions, and civilians have become a significant obstacle to Somalia’s path toward stability and peace. Beyond military confrontations, Al-Shabab exploits clan divisions and governance vacuums, recruiting and radicalizing individuals by presenting itself as an alternative authority in areas where the government’s presence is minimal.