Incident Summary:

09/11/2011: On Sunday morning, in the Kiwayu Safari village near Luma, Coast, Kenya, militants fired upon a British couple during an attack on a resort. The militants killed the husband during the attack and kidnapped the wife. The status of the hostage is unknown. One of the suspected militants has been arrested in connection with the attack. No group has claimed responsibility, but the militant group al-Shabaab was thought to be responsible for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
At a resort in the Kiwayu Safari village near Luma, Coast, 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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 192
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 1000000.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
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
Additional Information The hostage was released on March 21, 2012.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
Caroline Mango, "Gunmen Kill British Man, Kidnap Wife at Kenya Resort," Reuters, September 11, 2011,
Shabelle Media Network, "Kenya Police: Briton Killed, Wife Kidnapped," Shabelle Media Network, September 12, 2011,
Jane’s Intelligence, “Security Forces Detain Suspected Shabab Kidnapper in Kenya,” Terrorism Watch Report, KTN TV, September 14, 2011.