Incident Summary:

11/30/2020: Assailants attacked a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Bacaadweyn village, Mudug, Somalia. At least 66 people, including four soldiers, 11 civilians, and 51 assailants, were killed and at least six assailants were wounded in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



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 National Army (SNA)
Specific Description 21st Division Base
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 66 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 66
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 51
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 6
"At least 51 militants killed in intense clashes with Somali ...," Radio Garowe, December 1, 2020.
"Shabaab raids military base in central Somalia," The Long War Journal, December 1, 2020.
"Militants claim killing 56 soldiers in central Somalia," Calamada website, December 1, 2020.