Iranian-Made Cruise Missile Crashes in Somalia, No Casualties Reported

Published: May 3, 2024

TALEEX, Somalia (Horseed Media) – An apparent Iranian-made cruise missile crashed in Somalia’s Sool region late Thursday night, according to witness accounts and visual evidence from the scene, though no casualties have been reported.

Debris an apparent Iranian-made cruise missile crashed in Somalia’s Sool

Residents of Taleex district described hearing a loud explosion around midnight, with wreckage discovered in the morning bearing resemblance to an Iranian Quds land-attack cruise missile (LACM). Photographs from the site show cruise missile debris consistent with the same type previously used by Iran-backed Houthi rebels to strike Saudi Arabia in 2019 and Israel as recently as October 2023.

Debris from Quds LACM fired by Houthis toward Israel in late October 2023

While unable to conclusively identify the munition’s type, locals said the destruction appeared consistent with a drone strike or long-range cruise missile attack that failed to reach its intended target. No group has claimed responsibility for the apparent cruise missile launch violating Somali airspace.

The incident follows the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announcing on Today (Friday) that its forces engaged and destroyed three drones operated by the Houthis in Yemen. CENTCOM stated the drones “presented an imminent threat to US, coalition forces, and merchant vessels in the region” as the Iranian-aligned rebel group continues targeting military and commercial ships in the Red Sea.

“These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for US, coalition, and merchant vessels,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

No casualties have been reported in Somalia from the apparent failed cruise missile strike.