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US tells staffers of Somalia mission to leave over threat 

The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of specific threat information against them.

Published: 04th November 2017 04:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2017 04:40 PM   |  A+A-

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By Associated Press

MOGADISHU: The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of "specific threat information" against them.

Saturday's statement says the information relates to Mogadishu International Airport.

Somalia remains one of the world's most dangerous countries. The U.S. hasn't had an embassy there since 1991 and calls security "extremely unstable."

Somalia's capital was rocked last month by the country's worst attack, which killed more than 350 people.

The U.S. on Friday carried out its first airstrikes against ISIS fighters in Somalia.

The U.S. Mission to Somalia is based in neighboring Kenya. The first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in a quarter-century told Radio Muqdisho in June that offices for a permanent diplomatic presence were expected to open in Mogadishu this year.



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