Incident Summary:

03/11/2008: At least four Kenyans were killed as armed militiamen shot them dead and torched their house in a spite of ethnic violence in Aiyam which is a small village in Rumuruti division, Kenya. The victims were a 46-year old woman and her three sons. The militiamen also stole their cattle. The militiamen are suspected to be a part of the SLDF (Sabaot Land Defense Force) militia, which is fighting for ancestral land belonging to the Sabaot community.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Rift Valley


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Kenyan civilians located in Aiyam, Kenya.
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Four more killed as clashes hit central Kenya," Xinhua General News Service, March 11, 2008.