Incident Summary:

12/29/2015: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Omar Faruk Osman in Hodan neighborhood, Mogadishu city, Banaadir region, Somalia. Osman, the former National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) secretary-general, was not harmed; however, at least one person was injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hodan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Specific Description Car of Former Secretary-General: Omar Faruk Osman
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: ex-Media leader says survives attempt on his life," Radio Garowe, December 30, 2015.
"Somalia: Press Union Chief Survives an Attempt On His Life(Shabelle),", December 30, 2015.