Incident Summary:

07/27/2011: On Wednesday morning around 1130, in Mandera, North Eastern, Kenya, one policeman was killed and three policemen were injured when unidentified militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a Kenyan police patrol. It was thought that the IED had been buried in the sand near an abandoned building and was detonated by a cell phone. It is unknown if the attack caused any property damage. No group claimed responsibility, but the militant group al-Shabaab was thought to be responsible for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Location Details:
The attack occurred in Mandera, North Eastern, Kenya.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Mandera Law Enforcement
Specific Description A police patrol was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote controlled explosive device was 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
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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Hassan Huka, "Police Officer Killed in Al Shabaab Attack," Nation, July 27, 2011,
Reuters, "Kenyan Policeman Killed by Somali Rebels," Reuters, July 27, 2011,