Incident Summary:

09/18/2006: A vehicle loaded with explosives exploded outside parliament as the Somali president was leavine the premises after addressing the Somali Parliament in Baydhabo, Somalia. Authorities suspected an assassination attempt on the President but he escaped unhurt. At least 11 people died and 18 were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility in the attack, however, some authorities suspected al-Qaida.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity The Transitional Federal government of Somalia
Specific Description President Yusuf
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
The bomb was a vehicular suicide bomb.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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-Qaida (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast rocks Somali parliament," SBC Radio, September 18, 2006.
"Top Somali Islamist blames Ethiopia for parliament bomb blast,", September 18, 2006.
"Ethiopia condemns Somalia terrorist attacks," Addis Ababa Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site, September 19, 2006.