Incident Summary:

12/25/2014: Assailants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) camp in Mogadishu city, Banaadir region, Somalia. At least fourteen people, including soldiers, assailants, and a civilian contractor from the United States (US), were killed in the ensuing clash. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that it was revenge for a US airstrike that killed the group's leader.

GTD ID:
201412250001

When:
2014-12-25

Country:
Somalia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Banaadir

City:
Mogadishu

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Halane camp area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Specific Description Halane Base
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 8
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Somalia: Three AU Soldiers, One Civilian Die in 25 December Attack on Halane Military Camp," Radio Kulmiye Online, December 26, 2014."
"Militants attack African Union base; 9 dead," The Associated Press, December 26, 2014."
"Official: Gunmen Attack AU Base in Somalia," New York Times, December 25, 2014."