Incident Summary:

04/17/2019: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated Abdi Dere along Maka al-Mukarama Street in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. Dere, the Galmudug administration intelligence chief, was not harmed. 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

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)
Specific Description Galmudug Administration Chief: Abdi Dere
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 Sticky Bomb
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 / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Four Killed In Mogadishu Car Bomb," AFP (World Service), April 17, 2019.
"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.