Incident Summary:

12/5/2000: Armed rebels attacked the town of Gueckedou, Guinea, near the southern border with Liberia. The rebels fought their way into the town and they held Gueckedou for a day before being driven out by army forces. At least 48 civilians were killed in the attack. Government buildings and company offices were burned down; in addition, vehicles and power lines were destroyed. Thousands of local residents and refugees fled the area.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Guinean government
Specific Description Government buildings in Gueckedou
Nationality of Target Guinea
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Guinean military
Specific Description Military forces in the vicinity of Gueckedou
Nationality of Target Guinea
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of Gueckedou
Nationality of Target Guinea
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 Sources state that the number of fatalities may be as high as several hundred.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Rebels No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 48 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 48
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Guinean rebels enter southern town, many killed," Reuters, December 7, 2000.
"Annan calls for efforts to curb violence in West Africa," Xinhua News Agency, December 8, 2000.
"UNHCR warns of catastrophe in Guinea," Associated Press, December 7, 2000.