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51 terror attacks reported in Kenya in 2021 - report

June recorded the highest number of injuries at 24.

In Summary

• The report noted that terror attacks later reduced significantly between July to November.

• A total of 73 people were injured from the attacks, 49 of whom were security officials.

One of the weapons recovered from the terror suspects in Mandera on August 6
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Terrorist attacks in Kenya reduced from 69 in 2020 to 51 incidents reported in 2021, a report by the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies has said.

According to Chrips, the attacks intensified in January but decreased from February to April. The number of attacks in May and June also increased as well as December 2021.

The report noted that terror attacks later reduced significantly from July to November.

"January and May last year recorded the highest number of attacks. The highest number of fatalities was recorded in May when 26 people were killed." 

June recorded the highest number of injuries at 24.

The number of people killed in terror attacks also reduced to 100 in 2021 compared to 122 in 2022.

"26 of the 100 fatalities reported in 2021 took place in May while 24 of the reported injuries happened in June. There were no fatalities or injuries recorded in April. There also were no injuries recorded in February, March, August and September."

A total of 73 people were injured from the attacks, 49 of whom were security officials.

Another 18 victims were civilians, two al Shabaab militants and four unidentified persons.

The report said terror kidnapping in 2021 totalled 17, whereby 16 were civilian and one government official. 

Throughout the year, 39 people were arrested for terror-related offences, among them three women, 31 men, while the gender of five others was not specified.

Those arrested included;  seven Kenyans, nine foreign nationals and while 20 remain undisclosed.

The most affected counties by the terror attacks included Mandera with 28 incidents, Lamu (12), Wajir (8), while Kwale, Garissa and Kisumu reported one incident each.

"The highest number of arrested persons were recorded in Mandera and Mombasa counties," Chrips said.

"The least number of arrests were recorded in Garissa County, where one terror suspect was arrested in Kulan Trading Centre with materials for making explosives including wires, a battery, a welding metal gadget, assorted electronic devices and assorted mobile phone accessories."

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