Incident Summary:

10/17/2008: On Friday morning at 0503, suspected members of the Mungiki sect attacked a Connection Bus Services public passenger bus in Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya. According to witness statements, the men pretended to be passengers waiting for the bus. When it stopped to let them board, the men then pulled knives and assaulted the driver and a tout, before covering them both in gas and setting off a petrol bomb inside. The tout sustained a head injury after having been beaten by the unknown attackers. The bus was completely destroyed by the fire. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Location Details:
The attack occurred on a passenger bus near Kayole Estate in Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Connection Bus Services
Specific Description A Connection Bus Services passenger bus
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
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Knives, unknown blunt objects and a petrol bomb were used in the attack.
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
Mungiki Sect (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Nairobi Nation Television, "Outlawed Mungiki Sect Members Firebomb Transport Van in Nairobi," Nairobi Nation Television, October 17, 2008.
Lexis Nexis, "Kenya: Outlawed Mungiki Sect Members Firebomb Transport Van in Nairobi," BBC Monitoring Africa, October 17, 2008.