Incident Summary:

12/29/2016: Assailants opened fire on a military base in Afgoye, Lower Shebelle, Somalia. At least three assailants and three soldiers were killed and four assailants and three soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali National Army (SNA)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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
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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 4
"Six Killed in Attack on Somalia Town," VOA News, December 30, 2016."
"Somalia: 4 Al-Shabaab killed in clash with gov't forces," Anadolu Agency (AA), December 29, 2016."
"Senior army officer, soldiers killed in southern Somalia attack," Shabeelle Media, December 29, 2016."