Incident Summary:

10/30/2017: Assailants hijacked a vehicle and abducted its driver between Fino and Sheikh Barrow, Mandera, Kenya. The hostage was taken into Somalia, but the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. This was one of two similar attacks in Mandera county on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Sheikh Barrow

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Fino and Sheikh Barrow.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"One abducted, 2 injured in Shabaab attacks in Mandera," Weekly Trust, November 4, 2017."
"Shabaab hijack vehicles in Mandera," Daily Nation (Kenya), October 31, 2017."