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Armored Vehicles Reportedly Patrol Streets of Somalia's Capital Amid Security Concerns

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On Monday, the United States canceled upcoming travel for diplomatic personnel after receiving information about potential threats to multiple locations in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
Armored vehicles were patrolling the streets of Mogadishu on Monday night amid security concerns following reports of an attack on the presidential palace, the Somali portal Garowe Online reported on Tuesday.

"Armed forces in armored vehicles are patrolling the streets of Mogadishu tonight as additional checkpoints are established in the capital’s thoroughfares. These measures reflect growing security concerns, coinciding with attacks targeting the Somali Presidential Palace," the media outlet wrote on X.

However, some users wrote under the post that it was "fake news."
Another local media outlet, Galkacyo Online, wrote about the attack on the president's palace, citing "credible reports."

"Credible reports from Mogadishu suggest that Villa Somalia, and home of high-ranking Somali government officials, was targeted by heavy artillery fire tonight," the X post read.

The purported attacks might be connected to the al-Shabaab* militants that have intensified their attacks over the period of Ramadan, according to Garowe Online.
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US Embassy in Somalia Says Alerted to Potential Threats in Mogadishu, Canceled Travel
On Monday, the US Embassy in Somalia said it had information about security threats to "multiple locations" in the Somali capital, including the Aden Adde international airport.
Moreover, this Tuesday, international flights to Mogadishu were canceled, according to the reports. The Somali government has yet to comment on the situation.
Somalia has been plagued by the activities of the extreme Islamist group al-Shabaab, closely affiliated with the international terrorist organization al-Qaeda*, that has been waging an armed insurgency against the central government of Somalia since the mid-2000s.
In mid-March, the organization detonated a car bomb at the SYL hotel near the presidential palace and engaged in a gunfight inside the hotel, causing the deaths of three people and injuring 27 others, according to the local media.
*Terrorist organizations outlawed in Russia and many other countries