Incident Summary:

12/30/2017: Assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at a telecommunications mast in Ijara, Garissa, Kenya. There were no reported casualties, though the mast was destroyed in the attack. This was one of four coordinated attacks in Ijara on this date. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incidents.

GTD ID:
201712300016

When:
2017-12-30

Country:
Kenya

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Garissa

City:
Ijara

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Safaricom Public Limited Company
Specific Description Communication Mast
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
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
A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) was 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
Sources
"'Shabaab' burn Ijara Police Station," Daily Nation (Kenya), December 30, 2017."
"Al-Shabaab attacks Ijara town," East African Standard, December 30, 2017."
"Al-Shabaab militants attack police camp in N. Kenya," Xinhua General News Service, December 30, 2017."