Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the General Dhagabadan military barracks and the Sweet Factory in Wadajir neighborhood of Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least two civilians were injured in the blast. This was one of two related attacks in Mogadishu on this date. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Wadajir area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Sweet Factory
Specific Description Factory
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden minibus was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mogadishu Blasts Claim At Least Five Lives," AFP (World Service), March 13, 2017.
"At least 7 people killed in two separate bomb explosions in Mogadishu," Xinhua General News Service, March 13, 2017.
"Somali PM vows strong action after Mogadishu twin explosions," Xinhua General News Service, March 13, 2017.