Incident Summary:

12/12/2009: On Saturday, in Beled Weyne, Hiiraan, Somalia, an armed assailants threw a grenade targeting a vehicle at the Save the Children United Kingdom compound, damaging a building but causing no casualties. No motive for the attack was reported and no group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Hizbul al Islam was responsible for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Save the Children United Kingdom
Specific Description A non-governmental organization vehicle
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
A grenade was 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
Hizbul al Islam (Somalia) (suspected) 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
National Counter Terrorism Center, "One Humanitarian Building Damaged in Grenade Attack by Suspected Islamic Party n Beledweyne, Hiiraan, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 8, 2010.
BBC Monitoring Africa, "Somalia: Unidentified Men Throw Grenade at NGO Compound in Central Somalia," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Africa, December 13, 2009.