Reports are emerging of a suspected Al-Shabaab militant attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu's SYL Hotel as of around 19:30 (local time) on Tuesday, December 10. Unconfirmed reports claim soldiers are moving on the road leading to the presidential palace. The number of associated casualties from the attack was not immediately reported, and the situation remains fluid.
Exchanges of gunfire are to be expected in the vicinity of the hotel over the coming hours amid a heightened security presence. Associated transportation disruptions are to be expected around the site of the attack.
Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over large zones in the south and center of Somalia and attacks from the group are frequent across the country, including in Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the West- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
Individuals in Mogadishu are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.