Incident Summary:

12/27/2015: Assailants opened fire on Somali Armed Forces (SAF) bases in Qoryoley town, Lower Shebelle region, Somalia. At least 15 people, five soldiers and 10 assailants, were killed and an unknown number of others were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Bases
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Somalia: Government Forces Clash with Al-Shabaab Militants in Southern Town,", December 28, 2015.
"Al-Shabab overruns Somali town after raid - reports," Shabeelle Media, December 27, 2015.
"Somalia: Al-Shabaab Militants Briefly Seize Southern Town in Overnight Attack," Radio Al Furqaan Online, December 28, 2015.