Incident Summary:

01/15/2016: Multiple suicide bombers in explosives-laden vehicles and on foot detonated at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base of Kenyan soldiers in Ceel Cadde, Gedo region, Somalia. Following the blasts, several assailants armed with projectiles and firearms then attempted to storm the base. At least 141 soldiers and an unknown number of assailants were killed and an unknown number of people were injured in the attack. Furthermore, at least five solders were abducted. One of the hostages was killed on August 5, 2017; the whereabouts of the remaining hostages are unknown. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Ceel Cadde

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 Kenyan Base
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, multiple explosives-laden vests, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Salih Nabhan Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 142 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 142
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Kenya covers up military massacre," CNN, May 31, 2016.
"«Several» dead after insurgents attack military base in Somalia," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 15, 2016.
"SOMALIA: Al-Shabab says it has executed Kenyan soldier they took hostage," Raxanreeb Online, August 6, 2017.