Incident Summary:

11/5/2011: Unidentified assailants threw a grenade at a house at the edge of a Pentecostal church compound in Garissa, North Eastern province, Kenya. Two people were killed in the explosion and at least two others were injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident and specific motive is unknown: however, Kenya officials have blamed the attack on Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Location Details:
Approximately 70 kilometers from the Dadaab refugee camp complex

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in and around a private residence on the edge of a church complex
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Pentecostal church
Specific Description A Pentecostal church compound in Garissa
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
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 It is not clear whether the house or the church was the intended target
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 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 killed in grenade attack in east Kenya," Agence France Presse, November 6, 2011.
"Two killed, 3 injured in grenade attack in northern Kenya," Xinhua News Agency, November 5, 2011.
"2 die in a grenade attack at an eastern Kenya church; Al-Qaida-linked militants suspected," Associated Press, November 6, 2011.