Incident Summary:

10/01/2011: On Saturday, in the Ris Kitau area near Lamu on the island of Manda in Coast, Kenya, 10 gunmen kidnapped a female French national from her home; no casualties were reported. The status of the hostage is unknown, but it was believed the militants took the hostage to Ras Kamboni, Jubbada Hoose, Somalia. 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 house in the Ris Kitau area near Lamu on the island of Manda in Coast, Kenya.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A French civilian
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 18
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
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
Additional Information The hostage died around October 19, 2011.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
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
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suspected Shabab Militants Kidnap French Woman in Kenya's Lamu,” Terrorism Watch Report, Reuters, October 3, 2011.
Shabelle Media Network, "Somali Rebels Abduct Woman in Wheelchair," Shabelle Media Network, October 3, 2011,
Washington Post, "Kenyan Police Arrest One Suspect after Kidnapping of Frenchwoman by Somali Militants," Associated Press, October 2, 2011,