Incident Summary:

06/08/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Af-Urur, Bari, Somalia. Following the blast, several assailants then opened fire on civilians and soldiers in the village and beheaded an unknown number of people. At least 77 people, including nine assailants, were killed and 20 other people and an unknown number of assailants were injured in the attack; the victims included soldiers and civilians. Additionally, an unknown number of people were abducted and their whereabouts are unknown. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Af Urur

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali National Army (SNA)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, firearms, and sharp weapons were used in the attack.
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 150
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 77 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 77
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 9
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"At least 25 killed as soldiers, al-Shabaab clash in northern Somalia," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 8, 2017."
"UPDATE 2-Al Shabaab kills 38 in Somalia's Puntland - military," Reuters Africa, June 8, 2017."
"Somali Officials Condemn Attacks, Vow Revenge," VOA News, June 10, 2017."