Incident Summary:

12/29/2020: An explosive device detonated targeting the vehicle of Muhidin Hassan Afrah, a former member of parliament, in Kaaraan, Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. Afrah was not harmed, but his bodyguard was killed, and two others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Kaaraan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Parliament of the Republic of Somalia
Specific Description Vehicle of Former Member: Muhidin Hassan Afrah
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 most recent 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 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bodyguard of clan elder killed in IED blast in Mogadishu," Hiiraan Online, December 29, 2020.
"Terrorism Digest: 29-30 Dec 20," BBC Monitoring, December 30, 2020.
"Former Somali MP targeted in Mogadishu explosion," Somali Memo website, December 29, 2020.