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Target Mogadishu

Reading through the list of attacks in Mogadishu over the last year is sobering. Al-Shabab’s relentless in its campaign of violence continues and many incidents are never reported. The Abgaal neighborhoods of Yaqshid and Heliwa have been infiltrated by al-Shabaab. Residents have also indicated an increased presence al-Shabaab in the neighborhood of Medina/Wajir as well. Al-Shabaab is not the only problem as rival clans frequently skirmish over business interests and extortion rackets. Not all is grim in Mogadishu, significant constructions has been noted between the airport and Hamar Weyne. Those that don’t understand the state of Mogadishu in early 2010 may not realize the importance of the small economic and security gains in the capital. In the years leading up to 2010 Mogadishu was embroiled in constant conflict, to the point of urban trench warfare. The ability to drive across town, shop at a market, eat at restaurant or conducting business at night are activities that were rarely possible. Yes, there is some optimism and growth in Mogadishu but the security situation remains very fragile. There is uncertainty concerning intra-clan fighting, governmental authority and the conflict with al-Shabaab. Navigating Mogadishu is possible but proper precautions are necessary.

Neighborhoods of Mogadishu

Neighborhoods of Mogadishu

Major al-Shabaab Attacks in Mogadishu over the Last Year as Reported by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

10 March 2014: Explosions detonated at three locations across Mogadishu; there were no immediate reports of casualties

27 February 2014: A car bomb exploded outside a cafe in Mogadishu, killing at least eight people

21 February 2014: A complex attack on Villa Somalia left at least nine people dead

13 February 2014: A car bomb exploded near the gate of Mogadishu International Airport, killing at least six people

1 January 2014: two car bombs exploded at the Jazeera Hotel near Mogadishu International Airport, killing 11 people; there was also indirect fire into Mogadishu International Airport with no casualties currently reported

27 December 2013: a bomb exploded at a restaurant in Mogadishu, reportedly killing 11 people

8 November 2013: 6 people were killed and scores injured after a car bomb attack on the Makkah Al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu

7 September 2013: 15 people killed and many injured after several explosions took place in and around the Village Restaurant in Mogadishu.

21 August 2013: gunmen attacked the convoy of a Swedish politician at the K4 junction in Mogadishu injuring her and killing 2 people

12 July 2013: a grenade attack took place against the Barwaqo Hotel in Mogadishu killing 2 people and injuring several more: on the same day a suicide car bomb attack on an African Union convoy on the Maka al-Mukarama Road near Mogadishu Airport killed 4 people and left many others injured

19 June 2013: in a complex attack, a car bomb exploded outside the UN Common Compound in Mogadishu: armed insurgents then entered the compound killing 8 local and international staff

5 May 2013: a suicide car bomb was used to attack a Somali government convoy at the K4 Junction in Mogadishu, killing a number of people

14 April 2013: a number of co-ordinated suicide and bomb attacks took place in Mogadishu at the Banadir High Court and close to the UN Common Compound; at least 28 people were killed with many more injured

18 March 2013: a car bomb exploded near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu a number of people are reported to have been killed

29 January 2013: there was suicide attack on the President’s compound killing a number of people

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