“In June, security in southern and central Somalia remained volatile. On 19 June, 20 people were killed when Al Shabaab attacked the UN compound in Mogadishu. Political and clan tensions remained high in Kismayo district in Lower Juba region. Heavy fighting intensified between June 28 and 30 when at least 71 civilians were killed and about 300 injured as confirmed by WHO. Continuing insecurity also increased displacement of civilians, caused limited access to health care and amplified the risk of outbreaks of cholera and other communicable diseases. According to UNHCR about 1,600 people including about 970 females fled Kismayo in June.”
The only mitigating news is, with a major polio outbreak in May (Somalia and Kenya), 4 million people have been vaccinated. For people in Somalia, this is very serious.
According to CIA reports on operations, there has been no activity in Somalia or Mogadishu.(…any attempt to blame US would be inaccurate)
US State Department:
There is no U.S. Embassy or other formal U.S. diplomatic presence in Somalia.
In February 2012, Al-Shabaab announced that it had merged with Al-Qaida. Al-Shabaab-planned assassinations, suicide bombings, and indiscriminate armed attacks in civilian populated areas are frequent in Somalia. While Mogadishu and parts of south/central Somalia are now under Somali government control with the military support of African Union forces, al-Shabaab continues to demonstrate the capability to carry out attacks in government-controlled territory with particular emphasis on targeting government facilities. On June 19, 2013, Islamist militants carried out a deadly assault on the main U.N. compound in Mogadishu killing at least 17 people. African Union (AU) soldiers restored order after a 90 minute gun battle. On April 14, a combined suicide bombing/armed assault by al-Shabaab gunmen killed 29 and wounded 58. On May 5, an attack on a government convoy carrying foreign diplomats killed eight bystanders. In addition to larger attacks, assassinations, grenade throwing, and kidnappings remain a daily threat in Mogadishu and elsewhere.