Incident Summary:

06/14/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the Posh Treats restaurant in Hodan neighborhood, Mogadishu, Somalia. Following the blast, five assailants stormed the Pizza House restaurant across the street and held 20 people hostage. Security forces raided the restaurant several hours later, killing the assailants and rescuing an unknown number of hostages. At least 37 people, including six assailants, were killed and 26 people were injured in the attack. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hodan neighborhood of the city

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Posh Hotel
Specific Description Nightclub
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pizza House
Specific Description Restaurant
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pizza House
Specific Description Chef
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 20
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 11
Outcome Combination
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
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, sniper rifles, and other firearms 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 The victims include Saida Hussein and Aden Karie. 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: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 37 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 37
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somali website says al-Shabab attacked wrong hotel,", June 15, 2017."
"Restaurant terror raid death toll rises to 31," The Herald (Glasgow), June 16, 2017."
"Somalia soldiers end deadly al-Shabab restaurant siege," Al Jazeera, June 15, 2017."