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18 Mar 2020 | 02:24 PM UTC

Somalia: Mortar rounds land near Mogadishu Airport (MGQ) March 18

Mortar shells land near United Nations (UN) compound in Mogadishu Airport (MGQ) on March 18; flight disruptions and a heightened security presence expected over the coming hours

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Event

According to local sources, four mortar rounds landed near the United Nations (UN) compound within Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ) at around 19:12 (local time) on Wednesday, March 18. No casualties were immediately reported. The firing point has been reported in the adjacent Wadajir district. Al-Shabaab subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack.

Flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are possible at MGQ over the coming hours along with a heightened security presence.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals in Somalia are advised to 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.