US State Department Issues New Travel Warning against Somalia

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Somalia because of continuous activity by the Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group, Al-Shabaab.

There is a particular terrorist threat to foreigners in places where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, including airports, government buildings, hotels, and shopping areas. In 2016, there were 14 documented attacks directed at hotels, restaurants, and the international airport in Mogadishu.

In addition, al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in government-controlled territories. In 2016, they targeted government facilities, foreign delegations facilities and convoys, and commercial establishments frequented by government officials, foreign nationals, and the Somali diaspora.

Al-Shabaab has repeatedly attacked the Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ) with mortars and other weapons.

The group has conducted attacks from within the airports secure perimeter, and they detonated an explosive device hidden in a laptop on an airplane shortly after it took off from the airport on February 2, 2016.

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