Incident Summary:

11/28/2011: Members of Al-Shabaab stormed the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Baidoa, Bay region, Somalia. Gunmen forced staff members to leave and occupied the space, shutting the office down. There were no reported casualties or injuries; however, witnesses reported seeing the attackers removing office equipment and vaccines from the agency. This incident was part of a coordinated attack; Al-Shabaab members stormed other international aid offices in the country at the same time. The attacks followed the announcement that the militant group was banning 16 aid agencies, including UNICEF; the ban was in response to the "illegal acts" perpetrated by the agencies, such as exaggerating the caliber of the problems within Somalia for financial and political gain.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity World Health Organization (WHO)
Specific Description The WHO office in Baidoa
Nationality of Target International
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab 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
"Somali Islamists storm offices of aid agencies," Agence France Presse, November 28, 2011.
"UPDATE 3-Al Shabaab bans some aid groups in Somalia, loot offices," Reuters, November 28, 2011.
"Al-Shabab Militants Close UN Aid Offices," Shabelle Media Network, November 29, 2011.