Incident Summary:

11/5/2011: An explosive device hidden in a bag was discovered at the base of a power transformer in Garissa town, North Eastern province, Kenya. The power transformer was located across from a military camp; military personnel safely removed the device after it failed explode. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, police believe that Al-Shabaab was involved.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military
Specific Description A military base in Garissa town
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity A power transformer
Specific Description A power transformer in Garissa town
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A bomb hidden in a bag
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 One source states the device was simply a bomb hidden in a bag while a second source states it was a grenade. It is not clear if the power transformer or the military base was the target, or a combination of both.
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
"Kenyan grenade attack kills two people," Reuters, November 5, 2011.
"Roundup: Kenya suspects Al-Shabaab behind attack in northern Kenya," Xinhua News Agency, November 6, 2011.