Incident Summary:

12/06/2019: Assailants attacked a bus along Wajir-Mandera Road in Mandera district, Mandera, Kenya. At least 10 people, including seven police officers, were killed and six others were injured in the attack. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Mandera district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Wargadud and Kutulo.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kenya Police Service (KPS)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Kenya
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Medina Bus Company
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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?No
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least 10 killed in Kenya bus attack claimed by al-Shabab," Al Jazeera, December 7, 2019.
"Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 11 on Kenya Bus, Nation Says," BNN Bloomberg, December 8, 2019.
"Eight killed in Kenya bus attack," News24, December 7, 2019.