EOS Alerts 4-2-2019
Somalia: 9 Dead in Car Bomb Attack and The Head of Dubai-Owned Port Operation Killed
On 4 February, at least 9 people were killed in a car bomb attack near a busy market and close to local government offices in Somali capital Mogadishu. The blast caused part of nearby buildings to collapse, injuring a further 9 people. Although there has been no official claim, it is extremely likely that the attack was part of the continued demonstration by al-Shabaab to remove the government.
In separate incident, al-Shabaab gunmen shot dead the head of a Dubai-owned port operation in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Somalia. The P&O run operation in Bosaso port head, Paul Anthony Formosa, was shot multiple times in the head and killed by members of the terror group who were disguised as fishermen. One of the attackers was shot dead and the other was apprehended. Al-Shabaab spokesperson Abdiasis Abu Musab has said “We are behind the operation... we had warned him, but he turned deaf ear. He was illegally in Somalia.”
Avoid travel to Somalia. For any business-critical travel, travellers are advised to vary their routines regularly and avoid all travel after dark. Al-Shabaab and other Islamic extremists frequently carry out attacks and kidnap travellers. Attacks are generally directed at security force checkpoints, government buildings, police stations and hotels. Exercise particular caution in and around these areas and report any suspicious packages, behaviour or activity to the authorities.