Incident Summary:

12/09/2020: Assailants opened fire on a Somali military convoy in Balanbale area, near Guriceel, Galguduud, Somalia. Six soldiers were killed, and three were injured in the ambush. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Guriceel

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali National Army (SNA)
Specific Description Military Convoy
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 Automatic Weapon
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 The victims included Major Dhagaqool Yusuf, Major Abdi Gune, Major Farah Jama Olad, Captain Sharif Irro Mohamed, Major Gangul Halane, Captain Said Hassan Faley, Major Ayrow Warsame, 1st Lieutenant Qalbi Indha-tag, and Captain Suldan Dirir. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
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
"Somalia ambush: Gunmen kill 6 in attack on army convoy," Radio Garowe, December 9, 2020.
"Ambush in Somalia kills at least 5 military officials," Anadolu Agency (AA), December 9, 2020.
"Six Soldiers Killed in Armed Attack on Military Convoy in Central Somalia - Reports," Sputnik News Service, December 9, 2020.