Incident Summary:

10/02/2010: On Saturday, in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia, unidentified militants kidnapped and beat ten displaced people who were staying at the Lafole University. No group has claimed responsibility, but the militant group Hizbul al Islam was thought responsible for the attack. The status of the hostages is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Lafole University, in Afgooye district.

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 Ten displaced persons
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
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
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 / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane's Intelligence, "Hizbul Islam Militants Abduct Displaced Persons in Somalia's Mogadishu," Terrorism Watch Report, Shabelle Media Network, October 4, 2010.
Shabelle Media Network, "Islamist Arrest 10 Displaced People Near Somalia Capital," Shabelle Media Network, October 2, 2010,