Incident Summary:

10/12/2002: Approximately 27 members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked Lapono village, Acholi sub-region, Northern Uganda. The assailants hacked to death 18 villagers with machetes, axes, and clubs. They forced an additional 34 villagers into their thatched huts and lit them on fire, burning the villagers to death. 52 people died in the attack. The specific motive behind the attack is unknown.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Lapono village, Agago county, Pader district, 390 kilometers north of Kampala

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Villagers living in Lapono
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
The victims were hacked to death with machetes, axes and clubs, and were burned to death.
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
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 27
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 52 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 52
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
"More than 50 people killed by rebels in northern Uganda," Associated Press Newswires, October 14, 2002"
"Rebels in north Uganda massacre 52 villagers: army," Agence France-Presse, October 14, 2002"
"Uganda: Rebels kill 52 villagers," Voice of America, October 14, 2002"