Incident Summary:

06/13/2010: On Sunday night, in Afgooye, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia, heavily armed militants entered a home and kidnapped 30 civilians for watching the Germany-Australia World Cup soccer game on television. This attack was one of two related kidnappings in Afgooye on Sunday. No group claimed responsibility, but the group Hizbul al Islam is thought to be responsible for the attack.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians watching the World Cup soccer game on television
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 30
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul al Islam (Somalia) Islamic Party 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
Aislinn Laing, "Islamists Kill Somalis for Watching World Cup," LexisNexis Academic, Daily Telegraph, June 15, 2010.
Associated Press Worldstream, "Thirty Arrested in Somalia for Watching WCup Match," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, June 14, 2010.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Thirty Civilians Kidnapped by Suspected Islamic Party in Afgooye, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 21, 2010.