Somalia: US Directs its Personnel to Depart Mogadishu as Reports of Suicide Car Bombers inside Halane Emerge

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    Somalia: US Directs its Personnel to Depart Mogadishu as Reports of Suicide Car Bombers inside Halane Emerge

    MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) The US Mission to Somalia has on Saturday directed its non-essential US citizen employees to depart Mogadishu until further notice, according to a statement released by the US Mission to Somalia.

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A policeman stands guard near the air-control tower of a airport following a suicide bombing near the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Reuters
MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) The US Mission to Somalia has on Saturday directed its non-essential US citizen employees to depart Mogadishu until further notice, according to a statement released by the US Mission to Somalia.

"Due to specific threat information against U.S. personnel on the Mogadishu International Airport, the U.S. Mission to Somalia has directed its non-essential U.S. citizen employees to depart Mogadishu until further notice.” the US mission to Somalia said on Saturday.

The warning by the US mission follows amid reports of 2 suicide car bombers placed inside Halane emerge.


Somali Intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly  confirmed to Horn Observer  that two suicide car bombers were reportedly placed  inside Halane, an area whose security is highly fortified.  Halane, which is part of Mogadishu airport, is regarded as green zone and several diplomatic missions and embassies operate there.

Other Media reports indicate that 40 Shabab fighters with Somali Security uniforms and IDs  along with car bombers are in Mogadishu and already control several checkpoints inside Mogadishu. However, this media report could not be independently verified.

Late last month, the Shabab attackers wearing Somali security uniforms and IDs attacked Hotel Naasa hablood 2, where military  and security experts mostly from the diaspora, invited by the Somali President, to plan the Shabab offensive, were staying at the hotel.  Several of the Somali Military experts were reportedly rescued from the hotel.

There are fears that the international flights bound to Mogadishu airport might stop, especially the Turkish airways as the situation develops.

Shabab, which is affiliated to Alqaeda, have already changed its  tactics  and sent several hundred of its foot soldiers to join the Somali security forces, in attempt to infiltrate the Somali security and carry out the group's heinous attacks inside the government controlled areas.

On Friday Several militants affiliated to ISIS have been killed in an airstrikes conducted by the US Africa command in in coordination with the Federal government of Somalia near the town of Qandala in Somalia's Puntland.

- Horn Observer -











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