Incident Summary:

02/21/2010: On Sunday, in Wanlaweyn, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia, assailants kidnapped one journalist, Ali Yusuf Adan, 47, from Somaliweyn Radio Station. No damage was reported and no group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed al-Shabaab al-Islamiya was responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Somaliweyn Radio Station
Specific Description Journalist, Ali Yusuf Adan, was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 9
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Additional Information The hostage was released on March 2, 2010.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Hizbul al Islam (Somalia) 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 Counterterrorism Center, "One Journalist Kidnapped by suspected al-Shabaab al-Islamiya in Wanlaweyn, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 1, 2010.
BBC Worldwide Monitoring, "Somali Media Groups Call for Release of Journalist Arrested by Militia," LexisNexis Academic, International Press Institute, February 26, 2010.