Incident Summary:

11/25/2011: Approximately 40 suspected members of Al-Shabaab attacked Arabia village, North Eastern province, Kenya. The assailants, traveling in vehicles and armed with AK-47 rifles and bazookas, fired upon the Administration Police (AP) camp located in the village; the six officers staffing the AP camp fled the gunfire. The attackers continued to fire on the village for three more hours, before bombing the Safaricom communications mast and dismantling the communications radio. The assailants ransacked the camp and fled with a gun left behind by the AP officers. There were no reported injuries or casualties as a result of the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Arabia village, approximately 45 kilometers south of Mandera

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Administration police (AP)
Specific Description The Administration Police post in Arabia village
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Residents of Arabia village
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Safaricom
Specific Description A Safaricom mast in Arabia village
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An unknown explosive device, AK-47 rifles, and bazookas 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 40
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
Stephen Ingati and Christine Lagat, "Al-Shabaab militants attack village in northern Kenya," Xinhua News Agency, November 26, 2011.
Tom Odula, "Kenya army to probe shooting of 4 men at sea," Associated Press, November 26, 2011.