Incident Summary:

01/24/2010: On Sunday, in an undisclosed village in Eastern, Kenya, Merille militiamen killed three people, including an administration policeman and a police reservist. They also abducted three fishermen.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Rift Valley


Location Details:
The attack took place in an unspecified location of Eastern, Kenya.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity
Specific Description An administration policeman and a police reservist
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A civilian woman was targeted.
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons 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
Merille Militia (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
Press TV, "Kenyan Security Officer Killed on Ethiopian Border,"§ionid=351020506 (February 28, 2010).
Sudan Tribune, "Ethiopian Herdsmen Kill Kenyan Police Officer," LexisNexis Academic, Sudan Tribune, March 1, 2010.