Incident Summary:

03/17/2000: Followers of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God were killed when they drank tea tainted with an unknown chemical. The attack killed 200 followers in the Kasese District of Uganda.

GTD ID:
200003170002

When:
2000-03-17

Country:
Uganda

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Kasese

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God
Specific Description Followers of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God.
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical
Weapon Details
Unknown chemical agent.
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 200 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 200
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
John Thawite, “Kanungu Acid Stolen From Kasese Mines,” Africa News, March 30, 2000.
Anna Borzello, “Uganda Inquiry into Cult Deaths,” Daily Mail and Guardian, March 24, 2000.
Michael Dynes and David Lister, “Cultist’s Relatives ‘fed Poisoned tea, Thrown in a pit’: Ugandan Death Toll now Surpasses That of Jonestown massacre,” The Ottawa Citizen, April 1, 2000.