Incident Summary:

10/24/2011: On Monday evening around 2000, in Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, one person was killed and 18 people were injured when militants threw a grenade into a bus station. The attack caused a minor amount of property damage to the bus station. 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:
The incident occurred at a bus station.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
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 No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
A grenade 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 / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Voice of America, "Two Explosions in Kenya's Capital; One Dead," (October 24, 2011).
Yahoo News, Jason Straziuso & Tom Odula, "Two Grenade Blasts Rattle Nairobi; At least One Dead," Associated Press,;_ylt=Al61mWbSNdsRi5NGW_GAF6G96Q8F;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0dTNzOTJmBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBXb3JsZFNGIEFmcmljYVNTRgRwa2cDNDVmNjdmMmEtNWIzNi0zNzJmLWEzMjUtNjc0MGNiYjMwNDBhBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzU0NzliMmYxLWZlNzctMTFlMC1iNmJiLTlkMGM2OGY5ZTQxMA--;_ylg=X3oDMTFxaTJhMjZtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAN3b3JsZHxhZnJpY2EEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3 (October 24, 2011).
Piracy Report, "Grenade Kills One at Nairobi Bus Terminal," (October 24, 2011).