Incident Summary:

10/04/2011: On Tuesday, in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia, at least 100 people were killed and more than 160 people were injured when a Somali national, Bashar Abdulahi Nur, detonated a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) targeting the compound that houses several Somali government ministries. The SVBIED was made of a truck that had been loaded with drums of fuel. The attack caused an unknown amount of material damage. The militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack by unknown means.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Somali Government
Specific Description The office building of several Somali government ministry departments was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
A suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 101 Fatalities / 167 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 101
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 167
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Dixon, Robyn, “SOMALIA: Bombing death toll tops 100; militants vow more attacks,” Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2011.
Yahoo News, Abdi Guled, "Truck Bombs Kills Dozens in Capital of Somalia," Associated Press, (October 4, 2011).
Yahoo News, "Somali Rebels Threaten More Attacks after Bombing," Agence France Presse, (October 5, 2011).