Incident Summary:

12/14/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at the General Kahiye Police Training Academy in Waberi neighborhood, Mogadishu, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least 18 police officers were killed and 15 officers were injured in the blast. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.




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: Police
Name of Entity Somali Police Force (SPF)
Specific Description General Kahiye Police Training Academy
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest was 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: Suicide bomber hits Mogadishu police academy," Al Jazeera, December 14, 2017."
"Somalia's Shabaab Kill 13 Police In Academy Bombing," AFP (World Service), December 14, 2017."
"Death toll in Mogadishu police academy attack rises to 18," Xinhua General News Service, December 14, 2017."