Incident Summary:

12/27/2016: Assailants attacked security personnel and herders in Kismayo district, Lower Juba, Somalia. In addition to an unknown number of assailant casualties, at least five people were killed in the ensuing clash. Assailants also abducted 25 civilians, and the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Juba

Kismayo district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Yaaq Bishaaro area, 60 km from Kismayo.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Jubaland Forces (JF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 25
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
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 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Somalia: Regional Troops, Herders Battle Al-Shabaab Militants Near Southern City,", December 27, 2016."
"Highlights: Somalia Daily Media Highlights 27 December 2016," Summary, December 28, 2016."