Auto rickshaw used as taxis are seen near a fish market in Mogadishu, Somalia, October 25, 2017. Picture taken October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Marius Bosch

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The United States’ diplomatic mission in Somalia has directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital Mogadishu, saying it had received a “specific threat” against its employees.
The move came a day after Washington carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in the country, in raids it said killed “several terrorists”.
“Due to specific threat information against U.S. personnel on the Mogadishu International Airport, the U.S. Mission to Somalia has directed its non-essential U.S. citizen employees to depart Mogadishu until further notice,” said a statement.
It did not give further details.
Islamic State has been gathering recruits in the region, but it remains a small player compared to the al Shabaab group.
Last month, a group loyal to Islamic State seized a small port town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.
Al Shabaab is linked to Islamic State’s rival al Qaeda and once controlled much …
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