Incident Summary:

05/03/2005: Suspected members of Al-Ittihad al-Islami (Islamic Unity) and Takfir W’al Hijra bombed a stadium in Mogadishu where Somalian Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi was speaking. The explosion killed 15 people and injured 40 others who were attending the event. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at a stadium in Mogadishu.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Somalian Government
Specific Description Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Supporters of Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
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) No
Takfir wal-Hijra (Excommunication and Exodus) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Fifteen Killed as Bomb Blast Rocks Mogadishu Stadium During Somali PM's Speech,” Agence France Presse, May 03, 2005.
“Security Agents Link Somali Bombing to Groups Associated with Al-Qaeda,” Xinhua General News Service, May 09, 2005.