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13 Oct 2019 | 02:22 PM UTC

Somalia: Mogadishu airport struck by mortar shells October 13

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Mogadishu airport struck by mortar shells October 13; no group immediately claims responsibility

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Mogadishu). COUNTRY/REGION Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ)

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At least six people were wounded by mortar shells in Mogadishu on Sunday, October 13. The shells reportedly struck Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ). No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are possible at MGQ over the coming hours.


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.


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