Incident Summary:

01/11/2012: Approximately 100 assailants attacked an Administration police camp near Gerille town, North Eastern province, Kenya. The attackers used machine guns and grenades in their attack, killing six people, injuring six, and taking three hostage. One of the hostages was released on January 20, 2013; the remaining two hostages were released on or around July 31, 2013. In a video message claiming responsibility, Al-Shabaab declared a "jihad" on Kenya for waging war against Somalia.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Gerille

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kenya Police Service (KPS)
Specific Description Post
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 567
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Machine-guns 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent estimates are reported here. In addition, three hostages were taken. One of the hostages, was released on January 20th while the status of the other two remains unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Somali Islamists say kill soldier, delay executions," Reuters, February 14, 2013.
"UPDATE 2-Al Shabaab attack Kenyan police camp, kill 7," Reuters News, January 12, 2012.
"SOMALIA: REBELS ATTACK KENYA," The New York Times Abstracts, January 13, 2012.