Incident Summary:

09/30/2009: On Wednesday afternoon at 1600, in Baidoa, Bay, Somalia, Al Shabaab militants entered by unknown means, the premises of Radio Warsan and ordered that the FM station be turned off, which was executed immediately. Al-Shabaab also kidnapped by unknown means, Hilal Sheik Shueyb, the director of the radio station, along with Mohamed Aden Dhaysane, the news editor, and placed them in a Al Shabaab controlled jail. The motive of the attack was because the radio station defied Al Shabaab’s order to not play songs and music. No material damage was reported and no additional information concerning the hostages was available.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Radio Warsan
Specific Description A radio station
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information One of the hostages was released on October 2, 2009. The fate of the remaining hostage is unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
Reuters:, Hilal Sheik Shueyb, "Radio Station Closed Down, Two Journalists Arrested," (September 29, 2009).
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Journalists Kidnapped by Suspected Al-Shabaab al-Islamiya in Baidoa, Bay, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 14, 2010.