Incident Summary:

04/10/2007: A Kenyan pastor was killed and a relative of a member of parliament (MP) was critically wounded when gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles opened fire on them in Kenya’s Mount Elgon district. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities believed the Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF) militia was to blame.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Rift Valley


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Pastor
Specific Description Benson Juma Macherewa
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 Sabaot Land Defence Force militiamen are suspected.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Staff, “Kenya: Pastor Killed by Raiders in Clash Prone Area,” KTN Television, April 10, 2007.
Staff, “Kenya; Pastor Killed As Raiders Strike in Mt Elgon ,” Africa News, April 10, 2007.
Staff, “Kenya: Pastor Killed by raiders in Clash-Prone Area,” BBC Monitoring Africa – Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, April 10, 2007.