Incident Summary:

09/20/2009: On Sunday evening, Al Shabaab militants, with the help of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) militias seized control of Yeed town, Bakool region, Somalia. Fourteen people, including seven soldiers, were killed while 11 others were wounded. At least eight combatants were killed in the gunfight. According to Abdi Mohamed, Bakool region's governor, "They also crossed the border and looted property from an Ethiopian mining company." It is unknown if the attack caused any property damage.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians in Yeed town
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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 Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Unknown
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 8
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Reuters:, "At Least Nineteen Killed in Violence across Somalia," (September 21, 2009).
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Cleric, One Civilian Killed, Six People Wounded in Armed Attack by Suspected al-Shabaab al-Islamiya in Wanlaweyn, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 14, 2010.
BBC Monitoring Africa, "Hardline Islamists Kill Cleric in Southern Somalia Town, Residents Protest," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Africa, September 22, 2009.