Incident Summary:

05/27/2010: On Thursday around 0000 midnight, in Dadajabula near Wajir, North Eastern, Kenya, unknown assailants armed with grenades and small arms attacked a village, firing upon and wounding four civilians and one child, kidnapping three civilians, and ransacking and damaging several houses. The assailants also attempted to steal a car. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed al-Shabaab al-Islamiya was responsible. The status of the hostages is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern

Near Wajir

Location Details:
At a village in Dadajabula near Wajir.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms and grenades 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
Additional Information The fourth attack type was Bombing/Explosion.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Four Civilians, One Child Wounded in Armed Attack, Three Civilians Kidnapped by Suspected Al-Shabaab Al-Islamiya in Wajir, North Eastern Province, Kenya," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 6, 2010.
Abdulahi Jamaa & Fred Mukinda, "Somalia Militia Attack Kenya Village," LexisNexis Academic, Nation, May 27, 2010.
Agence France Presse, "Somali Gunmen Raid Kenyan Village, Wound Seven: Official," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, May 27, 2010.