Incident Summary:

04/17/2019: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside a restaurant in Waberi, Mogadishu, Somalia. This was one of two attacks in Mogadishu on the same day. At least four people were killed and five other people were injured across both blasts. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Waberi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Restaurant
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
Specific Description Deputy Labour Minister
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Toyota Harrier was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Police: Three dead after two al-Shabaab car bombs in Mogadishu," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 17, 2019.
"Four killed, five injured in Mogadishu car bomb," East African, April 17, 2019.
"Four killed, 5 injured in Mogadishu car bombing," Xinhua News Agency, April 17, 2019.