Incident Summary:

12/28/2018: An explosive device detonated at the residence of General Mukhtar Hussein Afrah, the former Somali Police Force deputy chief, and Omar Badiyow, the former Hiiraan governor, in Beledweyne, Hiiraan, Somalia. Neither official was present at the time, but three people were injured in the blast. Jabha East Africa claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Hiiraan
Specific Description Former Governor: Omar Badiyow
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Somali Police Force (SPF)
Specific Description Residence of Deputy Chief: General Mukhtar Hussein Afrah
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab No
Jabha East Africa Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: Bomb Blast Targets Former Officials in Central Town of Beledweyne,", December 28, 2018.
"Terrorism: Transcript of ISIS's Al-Bayan News Bulletin for 30 December," Telegram, December 30, 2018.