Incident Summary:

02/26/2010: On Friday, near the border village of Todonyang, Eastern, Kenya, around 500 suspected Merille militiamen from Ethiopia fired upon Kenyan forces from the paramilitary General Service Unit. One Kenyan security officer was killed in the attack and five officers are missing that are believed to have been abducted. No group claimed responsibility for the attack and the status of the hostages is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Rift Valley


Location Details:
The militiamen attacked near the border village called Todonyang.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Kenyan General Service Unit
Specific Description Militiamen attacked a Kenyan force from the paramilitary General Service Unit.
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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 500
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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).
BBC Monitoring Africa, "Ethopian Tribesmen Kill Kenyan Police Chief, Abduct Five Others," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Africa, February 27, 2010.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Police Officer Killed in Armed Attack by Suspected Merille Militia in Turkana, Rift Valley, Kenya," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 14, 2010.