Incident Summary:

05/24/2000: Two journalists, one of which was an American, and four soldiers were killed when they were ambushed by rebels from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) near Rogberi, Sierra Leone. Two additional journalists were also injured in the attack.



Sierra Leone

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Rogberi

Location Details:
The incident took place on the road near the town of Rogberi.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity International Media
Specific Description Kurt Schork of Reuters and Others Traveling near Rogberi
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sierra Leone Military
Specific Description Four soldiers Traveling with Members of the Media near Rogberi
Nationality of Target Sierra Leone
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The reports did not mention the specific type of gun used in the assault.
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 other killed journalist was Spaniard Miguel Gil Moreno, a cameraman for the Associated Press. Greek national Yannis Barakis and South African national Mark Chisholm, both with Reuters, were injured in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary United Front (RUF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Sierra Leone American, Spaniard Killed in Rebel Ambush,” The Miami Herald, May 25, 2000.
"Sierra Leone: Two Journalists, Four Govt Soldiers Killed,” Agence France Presse, May 25, 2000.
"'Western Journalists' Reportedly Killed in Sierra Leone,” London Press Association, May 24, 2000.