Incident Summary:

12/25/2015: An explosive device detonated targeting a police vehicle in Budhei area, near Kiunga division, Lamu county, Kenya. One police officer was killed in the attack. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Lamu on this day. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for both incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kiunga

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Budhei area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kenyan Administration Police (AP)
Specific Description Vehicle
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/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine was 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Security beefed up in Lamu after Al-Shabaab attack on police vehicle," Daily Nation, December 26, 2015.
"One Kenyan police officer dead after Somali Islamist twin attacks," Reuters Africa, December 25, 2015.
"Kenya: Police officer killed as suspected Al-shabaab militants attack police vehicles," East African Standard, December 25, 2015.