Incident Summary:

01/07/2009: On Wednesday, unknown insurgents kidnapped a Somali parliamentarian, named Ahmed Abdi Hussein, in the town of Burhakaba in the southern part of Somalia. The lawmaker was taken from a truck heading from the town of Baidoa to the town of Burhakaba. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed that Tuareg rebels were responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Burhakaba

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description Somali parliamentarian, Ahmed Abdi Hussein,
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
23 May Democratic Alliance (Algeria) (suspected) Tuareg rebels No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, "Lawmaker Abducted in Southern Somalia,"§ionid=351020501 (January 7, 2009).
Africa News, "Insurgents Abduct MP," LexisNexis Academic, Africa News, January 7, 2009.
Shabelle Media Network, "Somalia; Insurgents Abduct MP," LexisNexis Academic, Shabelle Media Network (January 7, 2009).