Incident Summary:

12/11/2019: Assailants attacked a military base and set fire to vehicles in Hidweyne, Middle Shebelle, Somalia. An unknown number of assailants and five soldiers were killed in the attack and an unknown number of assailants and soldiers were injured in the attack. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Middle Shebelle


Location Details:
The incident occurred about 25 km north of Mogadishu.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Somalia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Al-Shabaab attack Somali military base, five reported dead," Hiiraan Online, December 12, 2019.
"Al-Shabaab Attacks Military Base Near Mogadishu," Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu), December 12, 2019.
"Al-Shabaab Claims Attack on Somali Army Base in Hilweyne north of Mogadishu a Day after SYL Siege,", December 13, 2019.