Incident Summary:

01/01/2008: In Eldoret, Kenya, tribal militia burned a church to the ground killing all 50 people inside.

GTD ID:
200801010002

When:
2008-01-01

Country:
Kenya

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Rift Valley

City:
Eldoret

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Kenya Assemblies of God Church
Specific Description Kikuyu people
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 50 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 50
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
C. Bryson Hull and Andrew Cawthorne, “Kenya govt denounces ‘genocide’ as toll hits 300,” Washington Post, January 3, 2008.
Jeffrey Gettleman, “Scene of horror at Kenya church,” The International Herald Tribune, January 3, 2008.
Steve Bloomfield, “80 children massacred in Kenyan church,” The Independent (London), January 2, 2008.