Incident Summary:

12/29/2020: An explosive device detonated targeting an ambulance driving towards El Wak Referral Hospital near El Wak, Mandera, Kenya. The assailants then opened fire on the vehicle. One person was killed, two others were injured in the attack, and the vehicle was set on fire. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Shabaab.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near El Wak

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Other
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Ambulance
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Kenya: Al-Shabaab kills man, pregnant wife survives," Anadolu Agency (AA), December 31, 2020.
"Kenya: Al-Shabab kills man taking pregnant wife to hospital," ABC News, December 30, 2020.
"Al Shabaab militants attack ambulance ferrying woman in labor, kill husband,", December 30, 2020.