Incident Summary:

10/13/2011: On Thursday, in Dadaab, North Eastern, Kenya, three armed militants kidnapped two aid workers in the Dadaab refugee camp. The armed militants attacked the aid workers' SUV and kidnapped two female Spanish national aid workers that were working for the Medecins Sans Frontieres aid group. No casualties were reported and it was thought the aid workers were taken across the Kenyan border into Somalia. MSF reported on their website that the workers were released on July 17, 2013, after over 21 months in custody. No group has claimed responsibility, but the victims were released by pirates who claimed to have bought them from al Shabaab for $200,000.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Location Details:
At a refugee camp in Dadaab, North Eastern, Kenya.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Medecins Sans Frontieres
Specific Description Spanish aid workers
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 643
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
Piracy Report, Hussein Moulid, "Two Aid Workers Kidnapped in Dadaab," (October 13, 2011).
Daud Yussuf, "Gunmen Kidnap Two Spanish Aid Workers from Kenyan Camp," Reuters, October 13, 2011,
"Pirates Buy MSF Hostages from Al-Shabaab," Maritime Security Asia, January 10, 2012.