Incident Summary:

11/2/2011: Somali gunmen fired bullets and mortars at buildings in El Wak, North Eastern province, Kenya. No one was injured in the assault; however, one guesthouse was hit. Although no group claimed responsibility, Al-Shabaab is believed to be involved. Specific motive behind the attack is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern

El Wak

Location Details:
A guesthouse in El Wak, a Kenya border town

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Small business
Specific Description A guesthouse in El Wak
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians and civilian property
Specific Description Civilians and property in El Wak
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
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 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
"WRAP UP 1-Somalis brace for Kenyan air assault, some flee," Reuters, November 2, 2011.