Incident Summary:

01/25/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the Dayah Hotel and assailants stormed the building during a meeting of parliamentarians in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. Several minutes later, assailants detonated a second explosives-laden vehicle targeting journalists gathering near the hotel. At least 34 people, including four assailants, were killed and 41 people were injured during the assault. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Dayah Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Parliament of the Republic of Somalia
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Journalists
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden trucks and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 41 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 41
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mogadishu attack: At least 21 killed after explosion outside hotel," CNN, January 25, 2017."
"Somalia: Prime Minister's Security Chief Dies of Injuries Sustained in Militant Attack,", January 30, 2017."
"Somalia: Prominent Rahanweyn Clan Elder Dies of Wounds Sustained in Militant Attack,", January 27, 2017."