Incident Summary:

01/01/2012: Assailants threw two grenades and opened fire on Locus Pub as people were celebrating the new year in Garissa, North Eastern, Kenya. This was one of two attacks on bars just after midnight on January 1, 2012 in Garissa. Across the two attacks, five people were killed and 28 injured. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected Al-Shabaab.




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: Business
Name of Entity Locus Pub
Specific Description Bar
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two grenades and AK-47 assault rifles were used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201201010002 and 201201010004. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
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 3 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"BRIEF: Five killed in grenade attack in northern Kenya," DPA (Berlin), January 1, 2012.
"UPDATE 2-Gunmen attack bars in northeast Kenya, 5 dead," Reuters News, January 1, 2012.
"Gunmen attack bars in northeast Kenya, at least 2 dead," Plus News Pakistan, January 2, 2012.