Incident Summary:

11/30/2011: A suicide bomber self-detonated at the Villa Baidoa military base in central Mogadishu, Benadir region, Somalia. The assailant, dressed in military garb, attempted to enter the military compound but was turned away; he detonated at the gates, killing himself and two nearby soldiers instantly. Fourteen additional soldiers were injured in the attack; two of the wounded died from their injuries shortly after the blast. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that they are hunting government soldiers.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military
Specific Description Government soldiers at the Villa Baidoa military base
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A bomber wearing a suicide belt
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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five dead in Mogadishu military bomb blast: officials," Agence France Presse, November 30, 2011.
"Somalia's Al-Shabab claims suicide attack in Mogadishu," Shabelle Media Network, November 30, 2011.