Update 2020-08-16 (2): The Islamist militia Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 28 people were injured by the car bomb and the following firefights. Several attackers are still inside the building.
Update 2020-08-16 (1): According to further reports, at least five people died and at least ten others were injured in the attack. The attackers also took hostages.
2020-08-16: According to media reports on Sunday (16 August), armed attackers stormed the elite hotel in Mogadishu after a car bomb had exploded in front of the hotel. Security operations are underway. Heavy gunfire is reported.
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected. Armed clashes are possible during arrests of terror suspects. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to strictly avoid operations of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.