Incident Summary:

05/22/2019: Suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting officials en route to the presidential palace at a National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA] checkpoint about near Villa Somalia, Warta Nabada, Mogadishu, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least five people were killed and 12 others were wounded in the blast. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Villa Somalia in the Warta Nabada neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Somalia
Specific Description Legislators: Maryan Arif, Nur Shabel
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali National Army (SNA)
Specific Description Personnel: Faay Ali Rageh
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 Vehicle
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 The victims included former foreign minister and current presidential advisor, Hussein Elabe Fahiye. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"1ST LEAD," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 22, 2019.
"Car bomb near Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu kills 5," Radio Garowe, May 23, 2019.
"Somalia: Ex-Minister Elabe Among 9 Killed in Mogadishu Suicide Bomb," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), May 23, 2019.