Incident Summary:

8/11/2000: Approximately 40 members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) broke into a health center in Kaseta parish, Kabwoya sub-county, western Hoima district, Uganda. The rebels shot and killed a nurse and an army veteran and kidnapped 25 civilians. The assailants also stole the drugs that were in the health center, as well as any items of value belonging to the civilians. As of August 16th, 2000, at least ten abductees had been killed by beheading, and at least one abductee had escaped. The ADF has been fighting against the government.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A health center in Kaseta parish, Kabwoya sub-county, western Hoima district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity A health center
Specific Description A health center in Uganda
Nationality of Target Uganda
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description 25 civilians in a health center, a nurse, and an army veteran
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 25
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The assailants shot a nurse and veteran with guns; they later beheaded 10 abductees with machetes
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
Additional Information The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. One abductee who managed to escape reported that 10 abductees had been beheaded, but the outcome for the remaining abductees is unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ugandan rebels behead 10 civilians," Xinhua News Agency, August 16, 2000."
"Ugandan rebels kill one, abduct five in western Uganda," Xinhua News Agency, August 17, 2000."
"Uganda's ADF rebels kill 10 hostages - paper," Reuters, August 16, 2000."