Incident Summary:

"01/24/2012: A suicide bomber detonated, targeting Ethiopian troops at a base in Beledweyne town, Hiiraan province, Somalia. In addition to the bomber, 30 people were killed and 70 wounded in the attack. The base was damaged as well. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident, vowing to continue fighting to free Somalia from the "invading enemy."

GTD ID:
201201240001

When:
2012-01-24

Country:
Somalia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Hiiraan

City:
Beledweyne

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 31 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 31
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide explosion rocks central Somali town," Shabeelle Media Network.net, January 24, 2012."
"Islamist suicide bomber attacks Ethiopian troops in Somalia," Agence France Presse, January 24, 2012."
"Suicide bomber reportedly kills 11 Ethiopian troops in central Somali town," Shabeelle Media Network.net, January 24, 2012."