Incident Summary:

12/14/2013: An explosive device detonated on a civilian bus traveling in the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi city, Nairobi province, Kenya. At least four people were killed and at least 36 others were wounded as a result of the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident, but sources speculated that Al-Shabaab was involved.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Eastleigh area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive 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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable 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 4 Fatalities / 36 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 36
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Four killed in explosion on bus in Kenya capital: official," Agence France Presse -- English, December 14, 2013."
"Suspected grenade attack on Kenyan bus kills four: police," Reuters, December 14, 2013."
"Kenya: Terror Blast Kill Four, Injure 40 in Nairobi Bus 14 December," BBC World Service, December 14, 2013."