Incident Summary:

03/07/2007: Armed assailants killed ten civilians and wounded twenty others by firing a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu, Somalia. The assailants ambushed the peacekeepers at an intersection near the airport and accidently hit a nearby restaurant during the gun-battle. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Somali government blamed Islamist extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity African Union Peacekeepers
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Uganda
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Civilians
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/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun 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
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Somalia: 12 Civilians Reportedly Dead After Ambush Attack on Peacekeepers 7 Mar,” Agence France Presse, March 7, 2007.
Hassan, Mohamed Olad, “At least 10 civilians killed in ambush on peacekeepers in Somalia,” The Associated Press, March 8, 2007.
“At least 10 Somalis killed after ambush on African Union troops,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 8, 2007.