Incident Summary:

12/31/2017: Assailants opened fire on a Somali National Army (SNA) checkpoint in Ceelka Geelow, Middle Shebelle, Somalia. At least one soldier was killed and two soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Middle Shebelle

Ceelka Geelow

Location Details:
The incident occurred near the town of Balcad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali National Army (SNA)
Specific Description Checkpoint
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: Al-Shabaab Militants Attack Army Checkpoint in Middle Shabeelle Region," Hiiraan Online, January 1, 2018."
"Highlights: Somalia Daily Media Highlights 2 January 2018," Summary, January 3, 2018."
"Highlights: Somalia Daily Media Highlights 1 January 2018," Summary, January 2, 2018."