Incident Summary:

12/28/2020: An explosive device detonated targeting a civilian vehicle near Tabda, Lower Juba, Somalia. At least nine civilians were killed, and an unknown number of civilians were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Lower Juba

Near Tabda

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle
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 Land Mine
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Landmine blast kills 9 in Somalia," Anadolu Ajansi, December 29, 2020.
"Seven killed in southern Somalia roadside blast," Radio Kulmiye, December 29, 2020.
"Nine civilians killed in landmine explosion in Southern Somalia," Africa, December 29, 2020.