Incident Summary:

03/20/2016: Assailants opened fire on a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Lantabur, Lower Shebelle, Somalia. At least 34 soldiers were killed and 23 others were injured in the ensuing clash. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201603200017

When:
2016-03-20

Country:
Somalia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle

City:
Lantabur

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali National Army (SNA)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) 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 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 35 Fatalities / 23 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 35
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 23
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"At Least 35 Soldiers Killed in Attack against Military Base in Somalia," Latin American Herald Tribune, March 21, 2016."
"Somali militants overrun military base, killing at least one," Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2016."
"Militants Storm Somalia Army Base, Claim Many Killed," AFP (World Service), March 21, 2016."