Incident Summary:

12/21/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting General Abdihamid Mohamed Dirir at the Global Hotel in Galkayo, Mudug, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least seven people were killed and 21 others were injured in the blast. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Global Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Senior Military Officials: General Abdihamid Mohamed Dirir
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 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority 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 8 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somalia: 7 killed in Al-Shabaab attack on military base," Frontier Post, December 23, 2019.
"Car Bomb Targets Upscale Hotel in Central Somalia," Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu), December 22, 2019.
"Somali militants claim responsibility for attack outside Somali hotel: spokesman," Reuters UK, December 22, 2019.