Incident Summary:

06/26/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and assailants stormed an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base in Leego town, Bay region, Somalia. At least 70 people, including 20 assailants, were killed and 23 others were abducted in the attack. The outcome of the abduction is unknown. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out to avenge the Prophet Muhammad.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Leego
Specific Description Officials
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Specific Description Burundian Base
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 23
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom 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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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 and hostage 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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 70 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 70
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 20
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Somali militants attack African Union base," Reuters, June 26, 2015."
"Attack on African Union base in Somalia claimed by al Shabab," Deutsche Welle, June 27, 2015."
"Shabab Militants Attack African Union Base in Somalia," New York Times, June 26, 2015."