Incident Summary:

10/13/2009: On Tuesday, in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia, assailants kidnapped, assaulted, and wounded at least 200 civilians. The status of the hostages is unknown. Al-Shabaab al-Islamiya claimed responsibility.

GTD ID:
200910130002

When:
2009-10-13

Country:
Somalia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Banaadir

City:
Mogadishu

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 200
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
Weapon Details
Unknown 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 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 / 200 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 200
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Hundred Civilians Kidnapped and Wounded in Assault by al-Shabaab al-Islamiya in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 8, 2010."
"BBC Monitoring Africa, "Al-Shabab Arrest 200 Women For Not Wearing Veils," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Africa, October 15, 2009."