Horn Dispatch Weekly Security Brief 04.09.24

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US Warns of Terror Attack in Multiple Locations in Mogadishu 

The U.S. embassy in Kenya Monday issued terror threats to multiple locations in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. 

The security alert said Mogadishu’s airport, Aden Adde International Airport, is one of the areas the terror groups could strike in the country. 

The alert said the terrorist could carry car bomb attacks, use suicide bombers, individual attackers, and mortar fire.

The U.S. warned its citizens against traveling in the country and to review their security plans. 

“The U.S. Embassy in Somalia reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia,” the security alert said. “They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, checkpoints, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, as well as government, military, and Western convoys.”

The U.S. advised its citizens not to travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy.​

Somalia Request New Peaceforce to Replace ATMIS 

Somalia has requested the African Union (AU) deploy a force to replace the peacekeeping mission (Atmis), which is expected to end its operation later this year, the AU’s conflict resolution organ said.

In a statement, Atmis said the Continent’s body, the Peace and Security Council, welcomed the proposal by the Somali federal government for a post-Atmis security arrangement in the country from January 2025.

Atmis called on the African Union Commission to undertake comprehensive and detailed planning based on the threats and security situation in consultation with the federal government of Somalia, troop-contributing countries, and the United Nations Security Council.

African Union troops stationed in Somalia Atmis plan to reduce its 15,000 force to zero by December 2024.

The 15,000 troops come from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Two Burundian Soldiers Killed on a Patrol in Central Somalia 

At least two Burundian soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb in the village of Burane in the Middle Shabelle region.

According to a pro-jihadist news website, Calamada al-Shabab targeted the soldiers who were on patrol in the village.

Burundian forces, part of African Union forces Atmis, are in charge of the Middle Shabelle region.  

Somali Forces Kill al-Shabab Intelligence Chief

Somali forces killed four al-Shabab fighters, including the group’s ringleader, in an operation in the Lower Shabelle region.

According to Radio Dalsan, the Somali National Army conducted a security operation in the Hanti-Wadag village where the group’s head of intelligence in the region, known as Zuber, was killed.

The Somali military said its forces destroyed the al-Shabab base in the area and will continue to carry out an offensive against the group.

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