Incident Summary:

9/19/2002: Members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked the village of Pece-Acoyo, Acholi sub-region, Northern Uganda. LRA leader Joseph Kony had recently ordered his men to resume killing. The rebels killed at least 14 villagers and wounded another five. The assailants hacked the villagers to death with axes and hoes, as well as shooting some of them. They also abducted an unknown number of the village residents. Specific motive is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Pece Acoyo

Location Details:
Pece-Acoyo in Koro sub-county, 360 kilometers north of Kampala

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 Pece-Acoyo
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The victims were hacked to death with axes and hoes; some were shot
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 One sources states that 14 people were killed; a second source states that 15 people were killed.
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 14 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Geoffrey Muleme, "Rebels kill 15 civilians in raid on village in northern Uganda," Associated Press Newswires, September 19, 2002.
"Rebels Hack 14 to Death in Gulu," The Monitor, September 20, 2002.