UK issues travel advisory to its citizens in Somalia

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The UK government has advised its citizens against traveling to Somalia in anew travel advisory issued Thursday.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all travel to Somalia except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera.
It said any British national in Somalia should leave.

“Any British nationals in areas of Somalia to which the FCO advise against all travel should leave. Any British nationals in Hargeisa or Berbera who are not on essential travel should leave,” reads travel advisory.

The British government also called upon citizens in the cities of Hargeysa and Berbera to exercise vigilance and avoid social areas while monitoring media for updates.

“Any British national visiting Hargeisa or Berbera should exercise a heightened level of vigilance and take care in public places where people gather,” it further states. “Monitor local and international media to avoid any demonstration or disturbance taking place. Leave any area of unrest quickly and don’t attempt to watch or photograph it.”

London believes there is an imminent threat of terror attacks in the Horn of African state that is recuperating from decades of civil war.

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Somalia. There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Somalia. Terrorist groups have made threats against Westerners and those working for western organizations,” the advisory reads.