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.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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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
"Uganda: Eleven Students Killed in Rebel Ambush in Northwest," Radio Uganda, March 27, 2001."
"Eleven Students Shot Dead in Northwestern Uganda,” Xinhua General News Service, March 28, 2001."
"Students Ambushed, Eleven People Killed," The Record, March 28, 2001."