Incident Summary:

03/13/2007: The presidential residence of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in Mogadishu, Somalia was attacked by armed assailants with firearms and mortars. The president was uninjured but a 12 year old boy was killed and three other children wounded when one of the mortars missed the palace. It was unclear who was behind the attack. No claim of responsibility was reported.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity President
Specific Description Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Children
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 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Somalia’s president unhurt in palace attack,” Mobile Register, March 14, 2007.
Hassan, Mohamed Olad, “Somalia's president comes under mortar attack in palace,” Associated Press, March 14, 2007.
Abdi, Ali Musa, “Mortar shells hit Somali presidential residence,” Agence France Presse, March 13, 2007.