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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens February 1, 2023
February 2, 2023

Location: Mogadishu

Event: On February 1, 2023, mortar rounds were reported near Aden Adde International Airport and the International Campus in Mogadishu.  Further attacks may occur. 

The U.S. Embassy in Somalia reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists continue to plot 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 other areas where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, as well as government, military, and Western convoys. 

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

The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Somalia and advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy.

The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Somalia due to the lack of a permanent consular presence in Somalia.

Actions to Take: 

  • Continue to exercise vigilance while in Somalia.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
  • Avoid large crowds, gatherings and demonstrations.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local Security developments.
  • Monitor local media and news for updates.