Executive Summary 10 – 16 May 2017

Major Security Incidents

  • On 15th May, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated at a checkpoint in Hamar Weyne, Mogadishu. Security forces had stopped the vehicle and arrested two occupants after they discovered the explosives. The explosion, which did not result in any casualties, occurred while security forces were waiting for the arrival of mine clearing experts.
  • Airstrikes conducted by suspected Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) aircraft targeted al Shabaab positions near Garbaharey, Gedo region, on 14th May. Local officials stated that six militants were killed and two vehicles were destroyed in the attack.
  • African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops from the Ethiopian battalion and Somali National Army (SNA) forces withdrew from their positions in Goofgaduud, Bay region, on 11th May.


  • One assassination targeting a clan elder was recorded in Waberi on 10th May.
  • On 15th May, armed clashes erupted between National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) officers and SNA troops near the Headquarters of the Banadir Regional Administration in Hamar Weyne. Unverified reports stated that two NISA officers were shot and killed during the incident.
  • An under-vehicle improvised explosive device (UVIED) detonated underneath the vehicle of a NISA officer in Deynile on 12th May.


  • A roadside IED targeted an AMISOM convoy near Bula Mareer, Lower Shabelle region, on 10th May. The resulting casualty count is unknown.
  • Unverified reports stated that Ethiopian troops killed up to 20 civilians during a security operation near Garasyani, Hiiran region, on   13th May.
  • Al Shabaab militants executed Abdullahi Bahar Ali Shire, a high-ranking al Shabaab commander and former Mayor of Baardheere, in Likoley, Gedo region, on 13th May. The group stated that the individual had voiced support for the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS).

Politics and Miscellany

On 13th May, a spokesperson for the President of Somaliland stated that under the Berbera Port agreement between Somaliland and DP World, the Ethiopian government will retain rights to 19% of the port’s capacities, with Somaliland being entitled to 35% and DP World holding the largest share with 51%.

The complete report is available for download at the following link:  Somalia Sitrep 10 – 16 May 17

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