Incident Summary:

01/03/2012: A remote-controlled explosive device aimed at Kenyan government forces detonated in Mandera city, North Eastern province, Kenya. No one was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that it was in retribution for Kenya sending military troops into Somalia in October 2011.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled mine was 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown 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
"KRA Officers in Mandera Escape Explosive," Nairobi Star (Nairobi), January 4, 2012.
"Blast At Kenyan Army Injures Three in Madera Town," Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu), January 3, 2012.
"Landmine Blast on Kenyan Army Reportedly Injures 3 Civilians Near Somali Border," Mareeg Online, January 3, 2012.