Incident Summary:

12/28/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck at a police checkpoint in Darkheynley, Mogadishu, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, 83 people, including 17 police officers and four foreign nationals, were killed and 148 others were injured in the blast. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



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

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Somali Police Force (SPF)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Benadir University
Specific Description Students
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Engineers
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 84 Fatalities / 148 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 84
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 148
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Al-Shabaab claims Mogadishu attack that killed over 80," dpa-AFX International ProFeed, December 30, 2019.
"Somalia: Mogadishu Governor Makes Insensitive Comment Over 200+ Killed, Injured," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), December 29, 2019.
"About 50 Dead in Truck Bomb Attack in Somalia’s Capital," Bloomberg-Quint, December 28, 2019.