Incident Summary:

12/12/2002: At least eight Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels are suspected to have murdered at six civilians with machetes in Bura Parish, Mucheni subcounty in the Kitgum district, Uganda. The LRA rebels killed the civilians after ransacking all goods from local shops and also burnt down 26 huts and 12 granaries in the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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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 Indiscriminate civilians in Bura Parish, Uganda
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Machetes were used in this incident.
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) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The chairman of a local council reported Bura Parish was the scene of another massacre on June 24, 2002, where over 50 civilians were killed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
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
“Officer confirms massacre of eight civilians by rebel forces in north,” Kampala Radio, December 13, 2002.
“15 people die in unrest in northern Uganda,” Agence France Presse, December 12, 2002.