Incident Summary:

12/19/2011: Two barbers were seriously wounded when suspected Al-Shabaab sympathizers, armed with guns, entered the barbershop and shot the barbers at close range in the heads and chests. The victims were taken to a hospital and were in stable condition. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, and the motive for the attack is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Two civilians
Specific Description Two barbers
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Police believe this is a new tactic being employed by Al-Shabaab sympathizers. The attack took place at around 5pm, local time.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) Al-Shabaab sympathizers. No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Grenade explosion rocks Kenya's border town with Somalia," APANEWS, December 20, 2011
"Roundup: Aid agencies suspend activities in Kenya's refuge camp after blast," Xinhua News Agency, December 20, 2011