Incident Summary:

2/27/2001: Approximately 30 members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked the Agweng trading centre near Lira city, Northern Uganda region, Uganda. The assailants looted several shops and physically assaulted two people. The LRA also abducted 40 people in the raid, likely for the purposes of recruitment.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Lira

Location Details:
Agweng trading centre, approximately 28 kilometers from Lira

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Small businesses
Specific Description 13 different shops at the Agweng trading centre
Nationality of Target Uganda
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the Agweng trading centre
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 40
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was made
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 30
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rebels abduct 40 people in northern Uganda attack," Agence France-Presse, February 27, 2001."