Executive Summary 11 – 17 Oct 2017


  • On 14th October, a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (LVBIED) detonated near KM5. At the time of writing, 302 individuals were confirmed dead with over 300 others injured.
  • National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) officers intercepted a VBIED in Wadajir on 14th October. The officers reportedly arrested the driver of the vehicle before destroying the device in a controlled explosion. No casualties were reported.


  • Al Shabaab militants recaptured Bariire in Lower Shabelle region on 14th October following the withdrawal of Somali National Army (SNA) forces stationed in the settlement.
  • On 11th October, a vehicle transporting explosives detonated near Duurdur, Hiiran region. Seven suspected al Shabaab militants were killed in the explosion.
  • Al Shabaab militants clashed with an unidentified militia – believed to be affiliated with Mukhtar Robow – near Seyniilow, Bakool region, on 11th October.

Politics and Miscellany

  • On 12th October, the Federal Minister of Defense, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohammed, and General Mohammed Ahmed Jimcale, Head of the SNA, officially announced their resignation. While the statement given by Federal Minister of Information, Abdurahman Omar Osman, indicated the resignations were made for “personal reasons”, media reports cited severe tensions between the two officials as well as disagreements with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre as possible motives.
  • Puntland authorities officially transferred the management of the Bosaso Port to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based “P&O Ports” company on 12th October during a ceremony in town.
  • On 14th October, Federal Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Abdi Anshur Hassan, signed a cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at the World Telecom Development Conference in Argentina. The Somali delegation was the first to attend the Conference with full voting rights since 1983.
  • Following the 14th October LVBIED attack in Mogadishu, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (“Farmajo”) declared three days of mourning in the country. President Farmajo called on Somalis to unite in the fight against al Shabaab.

The complete report is available for download at the following link:  Somalia Sitrep 11 – 17 Oct 17

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