Incident Summary:

07/07/2008: On Monday night, in Baidoa, Bay, Somalia, assailants fired mortars at the presidential palace, killing eleven, wounding 20, and damaging the palace. No motive for the attack was reported and Al-Shabaab al-Islamiya claimed responsibility.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Somali presidential palace
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Mortars were used in the attack.
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
Additional Information There is a discrepancy in the date of attack. The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from one to 11, and the injuries for this attack from six to 20, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Africa News, "Somalia; Mortars Hit Baidoa, Islamist Rebels Capture Provincial Capital," LexisNexis Academic, Africa News, July 08, 2008."
"Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu), "Eleven Soldiers Killed in Attack on Baidoa Town," LexisNexis Academic, Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu), July 08, 2008."