Incident Summary:

01/30/2017: Assailants poisoned a well in Baidoa, Bay, Somalia. At least 32 people were killed and 10 people were injured after drinking the contaminated water. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Baidoa district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Masubiyow area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Food or Water Supply
Name of Entity Government of Masuubiye
Specific Description Well
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
Poison was 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
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
"Somalia: Official Blames Militants as Poisoned Water Kills 32 in South-Central Region of Bay," Hiiraan Online, January 30, 2017."
"Somalia: At least 32 people died after drinking water from poisoned well," Garowe Online, January 30, 2017."
"At least 32 die in Somalia after drinking from well," DPA (Berlin), January 30, 2017."