Incident Summary:

09/01/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and several assailants stormed an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base in Janale town, Lower Shebelle region, Somalia. At least 96 people, including 50 soldiers and 46 assailants, were killed and one soldier was abducted in the attack. The hostage was executed on January 18, 2016. This was one of three coordinated attacks on the same date. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the killing of civilians by AMISOM troops.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Qoryooley district.

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: Military
Name of Entity African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 139
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 number for this attack 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 97 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 97
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 46
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Military sources: Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia kills dozens of AU troops," CNN Wire, September 3, 2015.
"'At Least 50 Dead' In Shebab Attack On AU Base: Western Sources," AFP (World Service), September 2, 2015.
"Shebab Attack African Union Base In Somalia," AFP (World Service), September 1, 2015.