Incident Summary:

03/27/2001: Suspected members of the Lord’s Resistance Army shot and killed nine students from the Jimmy Ssekasi Institute of Catering who were on a field trip at the Murchison Falls National Park. The school’s founder Jimmy Ssekasi and a game ranger were killed in the attack as well. Two students were injured in the attack, while two more were missing. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
200103270001

When:
2001-03-27

Country:
Uganda

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Kiryandongo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Students and instructors of the Ssekai Institute for Catering
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
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
Sources
"Eleven Students Shot Dead in Northwestern Uganda,” Xinhua General News Service, March 28, 2001."
"Students Ambushed, Eleven People Killed," The Record, March 28, 2001."
"Uganda: Eleven Students Killed in Rebel Ambush in Northwest," Radio Uganda, March 27, 2001."