Incident Summary:

12/16/2011: The staff canteen at the prison in Garissa, North Eastern Province, Kenya was damaged when a grenade was thrown into it. No injuries were reported. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying such attacks would continue unless Kenya removed their troops from Somalia.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Prison
Specific Description Staff canteen
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
Explosives Grenade
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This attack was one in a string of bombings that have taken place since Kenya sent troops into Somalia. Police stated the attackers were probably amateurs, as the grenades could have done a lot more damage had they been thrown properly. Probably linked to attack 201112150027.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
"Twin grenade blasts injure 4 in nothern Kenyan town; explosions latest in string of attacks," Associated Press, December 16, 2011
"Al-Shabab claim responsibility for Garissa explosions," BBC Monitoring Africa, December 16, 2011
"Four injured in grenade attacks in northeastern Kenya," BBC Monitoring Africa, December 16, 2011