Incident Summary:

12/10/2019: Assailants armed with grenades and firearms attacked the SYL Hotel near the presidential palace in Warta Nabada neighborhood, Mogadishu, Somalia. In addition to five assailants, five people were killed and 11 others were injured in the ensuing clash. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Warta Nabada neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity SYL Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
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 Grenade
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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
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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Al-Shabaab claims attack on elite hotel in Mogadishu," CNN Wire, December 10, 2019.
"Al-Shabaab claims attack on elite hotel in Mogadishu," CNN, December 10, 2019.
"Somali security forces defuse bombs after deadly attack," Shabelle Media Network website, December 11, 2019.