Incident Summary:

11/30/2000: Approximately 150 members of an Ethiopian militia group attacked the Gurar trading center in Wajir North, Kenya. Twelve Kenyans were killed, five people were injured, and several houses were burnt down. One four-year-old girl was abducted. At least two of the assailants were killed in the attack. Specific motive is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Wajir North district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Kenyans living in Gurar
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Rocket launchers and cartridges of bombs were found following the attack; in addition, several houses were burnt down.
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 The Ethiopian government denies that the attackers are from Ethiopia
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Militia Members No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 150
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Twelve confirmed dead after raid by "Ethiopian militia" in northeast," KBC Radio, December 4, 2000.
"Diplomatic row with Ethiopia brewing over killings in north," East African Standard, December 7, 2000.
"Three more Kenyans die in Ethiopian militia attack," Xinhua News Agency, December 3, 2000.