Incident Summary:

06/13/2010: On Sunday night at 0000, in Afgooye, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia, heavily armed militants entered a home and fired upon and killed two youth who were attempting to escape and took another 10 civilians hostage for watching the Argentina-Nigeria World Cup soccer game on television. This attack was one of two related kidnappings in Afgooye on Sunday. The Islamic party of the group Hizbul al Islam claimed responsibility for the attack claiming that the men violated Islamic law. The status of the hostages is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 10
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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 0
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
Abdi Sheikh, "Soccer-World-Somali Islamists Kill Two for Watching World Cup," Reuters, June 15, 2010,
Aislinn Laing, "Islamists Kill Somalis for Watching World Cup," LexisNexis Academic, Daily Telegraph, June 15, 2010.
Russian News & Information Agency, "Somali Islamists Kill Two for Watching World Cup," LexisNexis Academic, Russian News & Information Agency, June 14, 2010.