Incident Summary:

05/20/2002: A prominent Catholic priest and 60 blind citizens in his care were kidnapped from the town of Tubmanburg, Liberia, by rebels from the Liberians United for the Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). The priest, Garreth Jenkins, was released by the LURD into custody of the Liberian Army on May 28, 2002.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
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 60 blind citizens in the care of Garreth Jenkins
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Roman Catholic Church
Specific Description Father Garreth Jenkins
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 61
US Hostages Unknown
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Catholic priest, 60 blind people reported missing in Bomi County,” Radio France Internationale, May 20, 2002.
“UK priest reportedly handed over to Guinea Army,” Agence France Presse, May 29, 2002.
“Rebels free kidnapped Catholic priest,” BBC World Service, May 30, 2002.