United States citizens were warned on Saturday to leave Somalia’s capital, just one day after U.S. military officials announced air strike missions against ISIS in the northeastern part of the country.
“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 security message said.
The Department of State said a travel warning for Somalia continues. “The security situation in Somalia is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Somalia remains critical. The Department of State urges all U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Somalia to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.”
The message reminds Americans that there is no embassy in Somalia, as those operations are conducted from neighboring Kenya.
Word of a specific threat in Mogadishu followed Friday’s announcement of two separate air attacks against ISIS that killed several terrorists, according to U.S. military officials.
“The first strike occurred at approximately midnight local Somalia time with the second separate strike occurring at approximately 11 a.m. local Somalia time,” said AFRICOM in a press release. “We are currently assessing the results of the strike.”
The warning also comes just weeks after the worst bomb attack in Somalia’s history, which killed more than 350 people at a busy Mogadishu intersection.