Incident Summary:

12/23/2016: Assailants attacked a police post in Kombani, Kwale, Kenya. An assailant was killed and three police officers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab. In addition, sources suspected that the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) may have carried out the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Machetes, spears, and bows and arrows 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 No
Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"1 person dead in attack on police post on Kenya's coast; 1 person dead in attack on police post on Kenya's coast," The Canadian Press, December 23, 2016."
"Assailant killed in foiled attack on AP post in Kwale," Daily Nation, December 23, 2016."
"One dead after armed attackers raid Kenya police station on coast," Reuters Africa, December 23, 2016."