Somalia Security Agencies Warn Threat of Imminent Al-Shabaab Attacks in Mogadishu


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s security agencies say they have received a credible intelligence that the Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab is planning suicide car bomb attacks on high-profile targets in the capital Mogadishu.

In a letter sent to the guards of the presidential compound in Mogadishu, the security agencies said there was a possibility that militants could target headquarters of government institutions with a Fiat 110 vehicle packed with explosives.

Possible targets mentioned in the warning letters include the Ministry of Defense, Central Command of the Army and Damanyo camp, which is home to Turkish-trained special forces.

Security agencies also warned that seaside hotels at Liido beach, police checkpoints on roads leading to the presidential palace and Banadir regional police headquarters are likely to be targeted by the militant attacks.

It comes after militants increased their attacks in the capital over the past weeks amid a heightened dispute between the president and his prime minister, which is feared to reach a destabilizing level despite international calls for de-escalation in the tensions.

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