Incident Summary:

12/25/2015: Assailants detonated an explosive device and opened fire on a police vehicle escorting a convoy of five passenger buses in Witu district, Lamu County, Kenya. There were no reported casualties 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:


Witu district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kenya Police Service (KPS)
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Buses
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A roadside explosive device and firearms 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
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 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
"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.