Al-Shabaab militants kill five soldiers in attack on base near Baidoa (Bay region) August 5
Severity: 4 (High)
Source: Drum Cussac
08/06/2020 (Somalia) - At least five Somali soldiers were killed and several others wounded after Al-Shabaab militants launched an attack on a military base near Baidoa (Bay region) on Wednesday, August 5. The attack took place at a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Deynunay, approximately 18 km (11 mi) from Baidoa. Following a brief firefight, the troops withdrew and the militants occupied the base in the morning, before withdrawing in the afternoon. Some of the casualties reportedly occurred as reinforcements heading towards the base struck an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on the road by the militants in Buunda Madow. Somali authorities have not confirmed the military casualty figures and military sources have reported that casualties were also inflicted on the militants, although again no figures have been confirmed.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area following the incident and further attacks are likely across the wider region over the medium term.
Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over large areas of southern and central 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 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.
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