US issues travel advisory to Somalia over terror threat

The United States of America (USA) Embassy in Nairobi on Monday, April 8, 2024 issued a security alert over planned terror attacks in multiple locations within Mogadishu, Somalia.

Top on its list, the US said that Aden Adde International Airport which is located in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia was a target.

“All movements of US Embassy personnel have been canceled for Tuesday, April 9, 2024,” the statement read in part.

The US further said that it’s level -four travel advisory against travel to Somalia remains in effect due to Crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping and piracy.

The alert further states that the US Embassy keeps on reminding its citizens that terror groups continue plotting kidnappings, bombings and other attacks in Somalia.

“They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, checkpoints, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas and areas where large crowds gather and westerns frequent, as well as government military and Western Convoys,” the alert further said.

Terrorists methods of attack include but are not limited to car bombs, suicide bombers, individual attackers and mortar fire.

The US further revealed that it had limited ability to provide emergency services to its citizens in Somalia due to the lack of a permanent consular presence in Somalia.

This comes at a time when the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia have issued a travel advisory over threat to increased terrorism targeting foreigners in Kenya.

In an alert which was sent over the weekend the two countries cautioned their citizens to be extremely careful while in Kenya.

For the UK, it asked its citizens not to pay visits in five areas which include; the Kenya- Somalia border, Eastern, Garissa, Lamu, Taba River and Mandera County.

“FCDO advises against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of Kenya’s border with Somalia. FCDO also advises against all but essential travel to areas of Tana River County north of the Tana River, up to 20km northwest of the A3,” the statement issued by UK read in part.

For Australia the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA) warned its citizens traveling to Kenya over a possible terror attack.

Australia said that terror related cases and violent crime had gone up in the country.

In the statement, the country said that the attacks would occur anytime and will be extremely random plus will be targeting foreigners.

“Terrorists continue to maintain a strong interest in attacking foreigners in Nairobi and other major population centers in Kenya,” the statement read.

It further added that Al Shabaab was still interested in attacking Kenya.

Some of the possible attacks the militants might use include; carrying suicide bombs, kidnapping, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and road side bombings.

However, Kenya through the Interior Ministry asked people to go on with their business as usual as the country was safe.

“The country is extremely safe as we have officers engaged on the ground. The information to everyone in the country is that the government is on top of things,” Interior Principal Secretary Dr Raymond Omollo told the Nation in an earlier interview.


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