Incident Summary:

11/28/2000: At least 100 angry ex-combatants raided the offices of the Center for Democratic Empowerment in Monrovia, Liberia. The war veterans were armed with knives, hammers and axes; they physically assaulted Commeny Wesseh, the executive director, Amos Sawyer, a former Liberian interim President, and six other office employees. They also stole cash and items of value and destroyed office equipment and windows. Specific motive is unknown; however, the assailants were chanting "where is our money, where are they, we will kill them today". At least three assailants were arrested following the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The Center for Democratic Empowerment offices in Monrovia

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Liberian NGO
Specific Description Centre for Democratic Empowerment (CEDE) offices and staff
Nationality of Target Liberia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The assailants were armed with knives, hammers and axes
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 One source states that there were 300 assailants, while another source states there were 100 assailants. One source states that three assailants were arrested while another states that seven were taken into custody.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Civil War Veterans No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Former Liberian interim president beaten up," Reuters, November 28, 2000.
""Mob" attack former interim president Sawyer, NGO leader," PANA News Agency, November 28, 2000.
"Liberian war veterans attack offices of ex-president," Agence France-Presse, November 28, 2000.