Incident Summary:

04/06/2017: An explosive device detonated near a commuter minibus in Golweyn, Lower Shebelle, Somalia. At least 20 people were killed and 10 other people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials suspected that the attack was carried out by Al-Shabaab, which denied involvement.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Shebelle


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Merca district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Minibus
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 Land Mine
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
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 (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
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
"Somali Landmine Kills At Least 14 In Minibus: Police," AFP (World Service), April 6, 2017.
"Somalia: Roadside bomb kills 20 in minibus near Golweyn village 06.04.2017. 22:46," Radio Garowe, April 7, 2017.
"Roadside bomb kills 10 in Somalia, Islamists deny responsibility," Reuters Africa, April 7, 2017.