Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting the Wehliye hotel in the Waberi neighborhood of Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least seven people were killed and four people 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 the Waberi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Wehliye Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
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?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 majority 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mogadishu Blasts Claim At Least Five Lives," AFP (World Service), March 13, 2017."
"1st Ld: At least 10 killed in separate attacks in Mogadishu," Xinhua General News Service, March 13, 2017."
"Somalia: Bomb attacks kill ‘at least 9’ in Mogadishu," Muslim News, March 14, 2017."