Incident Summary:

03/29/1998: Hutu Interahamwe militiamen attacked the Kinigi Displaced Peoples' Camp in the Ruhengeri district of Rwanda. Twenty people were killed and 42 were wounded in the attack. In addition, the militiamen freed 29 prisoners from the local authority offices that were next to the camp.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Ruhengeri District

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kinigi Displaced People's Camp
Specific Description Kinigi Displaced People's Camp in Northern Rwanda
Nationality of Target Rwanda
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
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The Hutu rebels also looted property and took livestock during the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hutu extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 42 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 42
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“20 die in attack on Rwandan displaced peoples camp,” Agence France Presse, March 30, 1998.