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Security Alert for U.S. Citizens June 17, 2023
June 17, 2023

Location: Somalia

Event: Security Situation

The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu continues to closely monitor the security situation in the city of Mogadishu. The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu introduced travel restrictions and restricted curfew hours for U.S. government personnel in Mogadishu until June 19, 2023 including in the vicinity of the Aden Adde International Airport.

The U.S. Embassy reminds the public of Somalia’s Travel Advisory, which states that terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia.  Attacks may occur with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas that attract large crowds and are frequented by Westerners, as well as government, military, and Western convoys.  Methods of attack can include car bombs, suicide bombers, individual attackers, and mortar fire, among others.  Terrorist attacks involving the indiscriminate use of explosive devices and other weapons can take place anywhere in Somalia at any time without warning.

Actions to Take:

  • Exercise vigilance at events, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.