Incident Summary:

11/30/2001: Rebels from Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) took control of Belle Fassamah village, Gbarbolu County, Liberia. They killed an unknown number of villagers and kidnapped an unknown number of women and children; they also set surrounding villagers on fire. A military unit was established with the goal of finding the kidnapped villagers.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Belle Fassamah

Location Details:
Belle Fassamah in Gbarbolu County

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Villagers living in Belle Fassamah
Nationality of Target Liberia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was made other than the torching of surrounding villages.
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
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Liberia says rebels execute civilians, kidnap women and children," Associated Press, December 1, 2001.