2009 African Union base bombings in Mogadishu

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Coordinates: 2°01′59″N 45°21′00″E / 2.033°N 45.35°E / 2.033; 45.35

2009 African Union base bombings
Location Mogadishu, Somalia
Date 22 February 2009
17 September 2009
Target AMISOM soldiers
Attack type
Suicide bombings
Deaths 32
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators al-Shabaab

Two large-scale attacks against AMISOM soldiers carried out by al-Shabaab suicide bombers in Mogadishu, Somalia occurred in 2009. In total 32 people, including 28 AMISOM soldiers were killed and 55 people were injured by the two bombings.

22 February attack

On 22 February 2009, was carried out by Al-Shabaab[citation needed] against the base of the African Union Mission to Somalia in Mogadishu. The attack, carried out by one suicide bomber in a car and one on foot, left 11 Burundian soldiers dead and 15 others seriously hurt.[1] The car bomber was a Somali contractor who had easy access to the base.[2]

17 September attack

On 17 September 2009, twin suicide bombings occurred at Aden Adde International Airport, the headquarters of AMISOM, in Mogadishu, killing 17 soldiers. The bombers were able to enter the base using two stolen white UN cars and struck a meeting between the AMISOM troops and the Transitional Federal Government.[3][4] Brigadier General Juvenal Niyoyunguruza of Burundi, the deputy head of AMISOM, was killed in the blast, while the mission's Ugandan commander, General Nathan Mugisha, was wounded.[5] Of the dead peacekeepers, 12 were Burundian and five were Ugandan.[5] Four Somali civilians also died in the attacks, which wounded another 40 people.[4]


Shelling by both al-Shabaab and AMISOM after the bombings killed 19 Somali civilians.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Bombs kill Somalia peacekeepers". BBC News. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  2. ^ "African Union to increase troops in Somalia despite deadly suicide attack". 3 News. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Somali gov't condemns twin suicide attacks in Mogadishu". Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  4. ^ a b 21 killed in suicide attack on African Union base in Somalia
  5. ^ a b c "21 Killed in Suicide Bomb Attacks on AU Forces in Mogadishu". Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
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