Al-Shabaab Attacks on the Rise as Anti-terrorism Offensive Intensifies

Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

Somalia has seen a rise in terror attacks in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter despite the government and clan militia offensive against Al Shabaab.

According to the International NGO Safety Organization’s quarterly report, which provides services to improve aid delivery and worker safety, Al Shabaab attacks have increased by 7%, with 514 terror incidents recorded between July and September compared to 479 in the second quarter.

The report says that most militant group attacks occurred in the Banadir region, which includes the capital Mogadishu, and Lower Shebelle region.

With 111 incidents recorded, the number of Improvised Explosive Devices has increased dramatically. The use of IEDs in the last three months has been the highest since 2019.

The group attacks killed 1,133 people and injured 1,125 more. The high number of deaths results from a high-impact complex attack in Mogadishu and Al Shabaab retaliatory attacks against communities supporting the government offensive in the central regions.

The increase in humanitarian aid to prevent famine in the country has put some aid workers in danger. The attack on aid agencies has doubled, resulting in two deaths, seven injuries, and one kidnapping.

More than 145,000 civilians have been displaced due to the government offensive.

Between July and September, the Somali government and its allies carried out 23 strikes, 16 more than in the previous quarter. The government’s military effort in the central areas has led to an upsurge in airstrikes on Al Shabaab bases and defensive positions.

In August, the Bakool region saw the most airstrikes carried out by Ethiopian forces in response to the Al Shabaab attack and movement within the country.

The Somali government has vowed to eradicate the terror group from the country and has asked the population to support its initiative to bring the country lasting peace.