Incident Summary:

12/27/2015: Assailants fired projectiles at a Kenya Police Service (KPS) vehicle along Lafey-Elwak Road in Mandera county, Kenya. At least two officers were killed and two others were injured in the attack. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201512270007

When:
2015-12-27

Country:
Kenya

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Mandera

City:
Unknown

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Lafey-Elwak Road.

Attack Information
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
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Two Policemen Killed In Northeast Kenya Ambush: Red Cross," AFP (World Service), December 27, 2015.
"2 Kenyan Police Killed in Al-Shabab Attack," VOA News, December 27, 2015.
"Kenya: Six military officers killed in spate of attacks," AfricaNewsDesk.com, December 30, 2015.