Incident Summary:

03/21/2004: Al-Ittihad al-Islami (Islamic Unity) militants were believed to have opened fire on a vehicle carrying three staff of the German Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ), killing two and injuring one, near Hargeisa, Woqooyi Galbeed region, Somaliland. Police reported to have arrested five people in connection with the attack.

GTD ID:
200403210002

When:
2004-03-21

Country:
Somalia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Woqooyi Galbeed

City:
Near Hargeisa

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity International Aid Workers
Specific Description Aid workers of the German Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ) group near Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Nationality of Target Germany
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity International Aid Workers
Specific Description Aid workers near Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The specific gun type used in this incident was not reported.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Ittihaad al-Islami (AIAI) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Somaliland blames militant Islamic group for murder of aid workers," Agence France Presse, March 21, 2004.
"Somaliland accuses Puntland, interim government over killing of aid worker," HornAfrik Online, March 22, 2004.
"Programme summary of Somaliland's Radio Hargeysa news," Radio Hargeysa, March 22, 2004.