Incident Summary:

12/27/2017: Assailants opened fire on a truck transporting fish between Gamba and Nyongoro, Lamu, Kenya. Two people were killed and the truck was set on fire in the attack. This was one of two related attacks in the area carried out by the same assailants on this date. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Gamba

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Gamba and Nyongoro.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Vehicle Transporting Fish
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Two killed in Lamu Al-Shabaab attack," Daily Nation (Kenya), December 28, 2017.
"BBCM -- Terrorism Digest: 28-29 December 2017," BBC Monitoring, December 29, 2017.
"Program Summary: Radio Andalus in Somali 1030 GMT 28 Dec 17," Radio Andalus, December 28, 2017.