Incident Summary:

12/30/2015: Assailants hijacked an ambulance between Yalaxow and Ceeldheer in Galguduud, Somalia. The two hostages, the ambulance driver and a doctor, were released on January 6, 2016. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred between Yalaxow and Ceeldheer.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Other
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Ambulance
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 10
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Abdikafi Jaban and Yahye Muhudin.
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 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: Al-Shabaab Militants Free Kidnapped Health Workers in Central Region,", January 9, 2016.
"Somalia: Al-Shabaab Reportedly Frees Captives in Galguduud Region," Universal TV Online, January 9, 2016.
"Gunmen seize health workers in central Somalia," Hiiraan Online, December 31, 2015.