Incident Summary:

06/30/2016: An explosive device detonated near a passenger bus in Lafoole, Lower Shebelle, Somalia. At least 20 people were killed and an unknown number of others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled roadside bomb was 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 20 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: Roadside bomb kills at least 20 on bus," Afternoon Voice (India), June 30, 2016."
"Somalia blast: 18 civilians killed as bomb explodes near Mogadishu," International Business Times India, June 30, 2016."
"Roadside Attack Near Somali Capital Leaves at Least 14 Dead," New York Times, June 30, 2016."