Incident Summary:

12/23/2019: Assailants attacked a military base and set fire to vehicles in Goof Gaduud, Bay, Somalia. Three soldiers and eight assailants were killed and an unknown number of others were injured in the attack. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Goof Gaduud

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Somali Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Base
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 Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 8
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Somalia: 7 killed in Al-Shabaab attack on military base," Frontier Post, December 23, 2019.
"8 al-Shabab militants killed in gunfight in southern Somalia," Xinhua General News Service, December 23, 2019.
"A Heavy Fighting Kills 8 Outside Baidoa Town, South of Somalia," Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu), December 23, 2019.