Incident Summary:

12/17/2016: Assailants opened fire on a military base near Mahaday, Middle Shebelle, Somalia. At least two soldiers were killed and ten soldiers were injured in the attack. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Middle Shebelle

Near Mahaday

Location Details:
The incident occurred at a military base in the Mahaday area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Base
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machine guns were 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Al Shabaab Takes Control of Somalia's Mahaday Town," AllAfrica Web Publications (English) UNASSIGNED, December 17, 2016."
"Somalia: Al shabaab group briefly seized Mahaday town, 2 killed 17.12.2016. 12:42," Radio Garowe, December 17, 2016."
"Al-Shabab Kills Two Government Soldiers in Somalia's Mahaday District," VOA News, December 17, 2016."