As of 1 February 2021, the situation at the Hotel Afrik in the capital city Mogadishu is secure following an attack by al-Shabab militants. On 31 January, the militants conducted a large-scale coordinated attack on the facility, located approximately 2 km (1 mi) north of Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport (HCMM/ MGQ). The attackers initiated the assault with a suicide bombing at a checkpoint outside the hotel, then a group of militants stormed the building. At least five people were killed in the attack, including a prominent former general. Responding security forces shot and killed four of the attackers and rescued dozens of civilians. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack through its media arm.

Analyst Comment: The Hotel Afrik was hosting several Somali opposition politicians at the time of the attack and it appears that the attack was an effort to assassinate key individuals in order to disrupt upcoming elections, which are scheduled for 8 February. Al-Shabab routinely attacks hotels that host Somali leaders and foreign aid organizations. Organizations with personnel and assets in Somalia should monitor the situation closely and instruct their staff to maintain as low a profile as possible