Incident Summary:

05/17/1998: In Kenya, former Rwandan Interior Minister, Seth Sendashonga, and another Rwandans Hutu, Bosco Kulyubukeye, were shot dead while driving along Nairobi's Forest Road. The assailants escaped on foot. Sednashonga had allegedly agreed to testify on behalf of two suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide despite threats against him. He would have been the most senior Rwandan official to appear for the defense. Authorities arrested two Rwandans and one Ugandan in connection with the attack, but further information on these suspects was not reported.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Nairobi

Location Details:
This incident occurred along Nairobi's Forest Road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Former Rwandan Interior Minister
Specific Description Seth Sendashonga
Nationality of Target Rwanda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information While Rwandan Hutu Bosco Kulyubukeye was also killed in the attack, he was not an apparent target.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Edward F. Mickolus, Terrorism, 1996-2001: A Chronology, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.
"Kenyan Police in Manhunt for Rwandan Ex-Minister's Killers," KBC Television Network, May 17, 1998.
"Kenyan Police Make Arrests in Sendashonga Murder Case," Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Network, May 20, 1998.