Incident Summary:

12/05/2013: A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into two trucks of the Puntland Marine Forces in Bosaso city, Bari region, Somalia. The convoy was escorting foreign workers. In addition to the assailant, nine people were killed and 37 others were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Puntland Marine Forces
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
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 Vehicle
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 37 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 37
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"9 killed by car suicide bomber in northern Somalia," The Associated Press, December 5, 2013."
"Official: 9 people killed by car suicide bomber in northern Somalia," Whistler Question, December 5, 2013."
"Seven dead in car bomb attack on armed convoy in northern Somalia," Reuters, December 5, 2013."