Incident Summary:

12/13/2010: On Monday, in Afgoye, Shabeellaha Hoose, Somalia, unidentified militants kidnapped an unknown number of Al Shabaab militants. No casualties were reported and the status of the hostages is unknown. No group has claimed responsibility, but the militant group Hizbul al Islam was thought 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: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Al Shabaab
Specific Description Al Shabaab militants
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul al Islam (Somalia) No
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 / 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
Jane's Intelligence, "Hizbul Islam Militants Detain Suspected Shabab Members in Somalia's Afgooye," Terrorism Watch Report, Voice of Mudug, December 15, 2010.
Shabelle Media Network, "Al Shabaab Takes Over Region from Hizbul Islam," LexisNexis Academic, Shabelle Media Network, December 14, 2010.