Incident Summary:

06/01/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the Ambassador Hotel in Hodan neighborhood, Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. Following the blast, other assailants then entered the hotel, opened fire, and held at least 57 people hostage. At least 24 people, including Parliament of the Republic of Somalia members and four assailants, were killed and 50 others were wounded in the incident. All 57 hostages were rescued by security forces. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Hodan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ambassador Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Parliament of the Republic of Somalia
Specific Description Members of Parliament
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 57
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 Members of Parliament Mohamed Farah Diriye, Mohamed Omar, Mohamed Mohamud Gure, and Abdullahi Jama Hussein. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates and the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 24 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"MPs killed in al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel," Al Jazeera, June 1, 2016."
"Death rises after attack on a hotel in Mogadishu," Shabelle Media Network, June 2, 2016."
"'At Least 10' Dead In Jihadist Attack On Mogadishu Hotel," AFP (World Service), June 1, 2016."