Incident Summary:

10/19/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest inside a cafe in Beledweyne city, Hiiraan region, Somalia. The cafe was frequented by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops. In addition to the bomber, at least 15 people, including civilians and soldiers, were killed and 33 others were wounded as a result of the blast. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for this attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Restaurant
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
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 suicide bomber equipped with an explosive jacket was used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 16 Fatalities / 33 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 33
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide bomber kills 13 at restaurant in central Somalia: MP," Reuters, October 19, 2013."
"Suicide bomber kills 16 in Somali cafe attack aimed at foreign troops," Reuters, October 19, 2013."
"Suicide Bombing at Restaurant in Somalia," New York Times, October 19, 2013."