Incident Summary:

11/30/2011: Members of Al-Shabaab arrested a young man they accused of spying for the government in Buurdhuubo town, Gedo region, Somalia. Residents of the town were forced to watch as the man was executed by firing squad. Al-Shabaab stated that anyone who was caught spying would face the same punishment.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Burdhubo

Location Details:
The incident occurred on the outskirts of Buurdhuubo town.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description A young man in Buurdhuubo
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Firing squad
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
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Islamists execute suspected spy in southern Somalia," Shabelle Media Network, November 30, 2011.