Incident Summary:

5/8/2002: Members of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked Lotele village in the Imotong mountain range, Eastern Equatoria province, Sudan. The assailants killed at least 78 people in the attack and burned down the village. They also sexually assaulted female villagers and abducted others. This was one of six villages that they attacked in the same region. Officials believe the attacks were intended as punishment of the local people for not supporting the rebels.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Eastern Equatoria


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Imotong mountain range.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Villagers living in the Imotong mountain range
Nationality of Target Sudan
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Victims were sexually assaulted, shot, and their houses were burned down.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Multiple incidents - six villages were attacked and burnt down in the same area at the same time by the LRA. There were 470 victims between the six villages. Doubt Terrorism Proper - it is not clear whether the attacks occurred while the LRA were fleeing from the military (if so, it does not meet intentionality criteria) or whether it was a planned event.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 78 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 78
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
"Ugandan rebels kill 470 in brutal Sudan attacks: church," Agence France Presse, May 11, 2002."
"Matthew Rosenberg, "Church official says hundreds of people killed by Ugandan rebels in sourthern Sudan," Associated Press, May 12, 2002."
"Ugandan army says more than 470 civilians likely killed in Sudan," Agence France Presse, May 13, 2002."