Incident Summary:

12/15/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting Colonel Mohamed Dahir at a restaurant in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. The assailant was killed and at least three people were injured in the blast. This was one of two related attacks in Mogadishu on this date. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Village Restaurant
Specific Description Restaurant
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Somali Police Force (SPF)
Specific Description Colonel: Mohamed Dahir
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 Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Xinhua: 1st LD: Suicide Car Bomb Attack Injures 3 In Somali Capital," Xinhua, December 15, 2016."
"Bomb Kills Five Somali Soldiers in Capital Mogadishu," New York Times, December 15, 2016."
"Bomb kills six Somalis in capital Mogadishu," Al Jazeera - English, December 15, 2016."