Incident Summary:

02/28/2010: On Sunday night, in Jowhar, Gobolka Shabeellaha Dhexe, Somalia, six gunmen armed with AK47 Riffles stormed into a house and abducted the prominent traditional elder, Abdullahi Siyad Qanyare. Abdullahi was also the chairman of the parents committee at the biggest school in Jowhar, Kulmiye Secondary School. No casualties or damages were reported. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed al-Shabaab al-Islamiya was responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Middle Shebelle


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 Prominent traditional elder, Abdullahi Siyad Qanyare, was targeted in the kidnapping.
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Hizbul al Islam (Somalia) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
Agence France Presse, "Prominent Elder Abducted in Southern Somali Town," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, March 1, 2010.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Traditional Edler Kidnapped by Suspected al-Shabaab al-Islamiya in Giohar, Shabeellaha Dhexe, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 6, 2010.