Roadside improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a police commander’s vehicle in Mogadishu earlier today. The explosion occurred along the road connecting San’a Junction and Fagah Junction.
SISI area, Mogadishu, SOMALIA.
The vehicle was passing through the area when the IED detonated. The driver was the deputy police commander of the Abdiaziz district, Abdiraman Ali Raage. Following the incident, the police officers swiftly arrived at the scene and assisted the injured deputy commander and other affected personnel.
The attack highlights the ongoing security challenges in Mogadishu and the risks law enforcement officers encounter in the line of duty. The use of roadside IEDs poses a significant threat to the people’s safety and the region’s security.
Recent rocket attacks
In recent months, Mogadishu has faced a surge in al-Shabaab’s attacks. On 1 October, the terrorist group launched a morning rocket attack on several sites in Mogadishu. The strikes targeted the Wadajir, Dharkenley, and Kahda districts, as well as Camp TURKSOM, Turkey’s largest military post and training camp overseas.
The Government of Turkey started its construction in 2015 with a $50 million budget. The then Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khaire, praised the Turkish initiative and said it was part of the strategic partnership based on mutual agreements. “This military base will help rehabilitate the country’s armed forces and boost our capabilities to combat the terrorist groups,” Khaire said.
The bombardment that struck the Tarabushka Kawo Godey area in Dharkenley reportedly resulted in deaths, injuries, and extensive damage. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Surge in violence in Mogadishu
Moreover, al-Shabaab militants attacked the Jalle Siyaad military base in Mogadishu the night before. The extremist group has escalated its attacks in the capital. It has been employing various tactics, including direct assaults and IEDs against government security forces and officials.
On 29 September, a suicide bomber struck a small restaurant near Sayidka Junction in the heart of Somalia’s capital. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility, stating that their intended target was intelligence and security personnel frequently visiting the tea shop.