Incident Summary:

4/3/2002: Approximately 100 members of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) attacked the town of Kakata, Margibi County, Liberia. They succeeded in taking temporary control of the town until Liberian soldiers beat them back. At least three civilians were killed in the attack and hundreds of residents fled. Buildings and vehicles were burnt in the battle between rebels and troops. The incident was part of LURD's campaign to oust President Charles Taylor; the town is a strategic stronghold.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Kakata, approximately 50 km northeast of Monrovia

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians and civilian property in Kakata
Nationality of Target Liberia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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
Additional Information Residents reported that the assailants stole property from them
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
Toweh, Alphonso, "Liberian rebels fight loyalists north of capital," Reuters News, April 4, 2002.
Toweh, Alphonso, "Liberia fights rebels on key road to capital," Reuters News, April 3, 2002.
"Three dead in rebel attack in Liberian town: government," Agence France Presse, April 3, 2002.