Incident Summary:

08/05/2002: Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacked Acholi-Pii refugee camp in Pader District, between Kitgum and Lira towns, Northern Uganda. 42 civilians were killed in the attack as well as 3 Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF). Besides, the rebels gave in to several acts of vandalism and lootings. An Army spokesman reported also that the rebels blew up a military tank and captured a UPDF tank and used it against refugees. They ended up with burning down everything in the camp that they could not carry. Four rebels were reported killed in the course of the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kitgum

Location Details:
Acholi-Pii refugee camp, halfway between Kitgum and Lira towns

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Ugandan forces
Specific Description Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier (UPFD)
Nationality of Target
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ugandan Refugees
Specific Description Refugees in Achuli-Pii camp
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Other Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
LRA took over a UPDF tank
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information "A letter from Joseph Kony found on a captured rebel by the UPDF had ordered the killing of Els de Temmerman, a former Belgian journalist with VRT (Flemish public television) and based in the country. The order came after the publication of her book ""Daughters of Aboke"" in which she described the mistreatment endured by teenagers recruited by force into the LRA."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 49 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 49
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Uganda: Lord's Liberation Army rebels massacre civilians,” Jeune Afrique l’Intelligent, August 5, 2002.
“Uganda: LRA rebels reportedly attack refugee camp in north,” The New Vision, August 6, 2002.