Incident Summary:

02/19/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a market in Wadajir neighborhood, Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least 39 people were killed and 47 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Wadajir neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kawo-Goday Mini-Market
Specific Description Market
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 Vehicle
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 40 Fatalities / 47 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 47
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mogadishu - At least 14 killed in Mogadishu car bombing," AFP (North European Service), February 19, 2017."
"Car Bomb Attack at Mogadishu Market Kills 35, Injures 40," Latin American Herald Tribune, February 20, 2017."
"Somalia Mogadishu car bomb: At least 34 people killed," Trend News Agency, February 20, 2017."