Incident Summary:

12/6/2011: A car bomb detonated at a check point in Mogadishu, Mogadishu, Somalia, killing the driver and at least 3 other people. Those killed included a police officer and at least 2 civilians. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. There were no reports on the number of wounded.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police
Specific Description Police checkpoint
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Suicide car bomb
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
Additional Information The number of deaths reported range from 4 to 5. No reports have mentioned the number of wounded.
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 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mogadishu 'suicide car bomb kills Somali police'," BBC, December 6, 2011.
Abdi Guled, "Somali police make deadly error as blast kills 4," Associated Press, December 6, 2011.