2019 Kenya bus shooting

On 6 December 2019, at least 11 people, including seven police officers, were shot dead on or outside a bus in Kenya.[1] The Medina Bus Company vehicle and its passengers were attacked on a road in a rural area between Wajir and Mandera in northeastern Kenya.[1] Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.[1][2]

2019 Kenya bus shooting
Part of Somali–Kenyan conflict
Wajir County in Kenya.svg
LocationWargadadud and Kutulu, Wajir County, Kenya
Date6 December 2019 (2019-12-06)
WeaponsGuns
Deaths11
Injured4
PerpetratorsAl-Shabaab

BackgroundEdit

The Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has been opposed to Kenyan involvement in the Somali Civil War.[3] The terrorist group has previously attacked the suburb of Westlands during the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack,[4] which left 67 people dead. In 2015, Al-Shabaab terrorists were involved in mass shooting of Garissa University College students leaving 147 dead and many others injured.[5] In 2019 two attacks occurred in the same month of each other, including the attack on January 15, 2019 an attack on a hotel in Nairobi which killed 21 individuals. The second attack happened in less than two weeks near a Kenya Cinema bus stop which injured two individuals.[6]

AttackEdit

Gunmen associated with Al-Shabaab killed 11 people including seven Kenya Police officers on a bus traveling through Wargadadud and Kutulu in Wajir, Kenya.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "At least 10 killed in Kenya bus attack claimed by al-Shabab". www.aljazeera.com.
  2. ^ "Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 11 on Kenya Bus, Nation Says". 2019-12-08. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  3. ^ "Kenya's military intervention in Somalia". ACCORD. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  4. ^ "Five UK nationals among Kenyan dead". 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  5. ^ "Death toll from Kenyan attack rises to 148". 2015-04-03. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Two injured as suspected IED explodes in Nairobi's CBD". The Star. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  7. ^ "At least 10 killed in Kenya bus attack claimed by al-Shabab". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  8. ^ "Kenya bus attack: Several dead, including police officers | DW | 07.12.2019". DW.COM. Retrieved 2019-12-08.