Incident Summary:

09/01/2000: Unidentified armed men in blue uniforms attacked Massadou Village in Guinea. Forty-seven people were killed and twenty-nine injured. Three people were missing. At least ten of the dead were Guinean soldiers. A large number of guns were also robbed from a Border Post in the vicinity. The Guinean government suspects that the perpetrators attacked from nearby Liberia, possibly supported by the Liberian Government.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Guinean Military
Specific Description Guinean soldiers posted at Massadou Village and nearby Border Post
Nationality of Target Guinea
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Guinean Civilian Population
Specific Description Guinean civilians at Massadou village
Nationality of Target Guinea
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
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used.
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 Three people were reported missing as of September 8, 2000. The incident occurred deteriorating relations between Guinea and Liberia, who accuse each other of destabilizing each other's mutual border regions. After the incident, Guinea sent in more Military reinforcements, and the Liberian Government asked Guinea to withdraw charge d'affaires from its capital, Monrovia.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 47 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 47
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Guinea: 40 Reported Killed in Armed Attack in South," Agence France Presse, September 2, 2000.
"Liberai asks Guinea to withdraw charge d'affaires," Agence France Presse, September 8, 2000.