Incident Summary:

04/11/2003: Thirty people were killed by Kenyan Pokot raiders in Suam, Kapchorwa district, Uganda. Reportedly, 300 heavily armed Pokot raiders attacked a village in the Suam sub-county, killing people, burning as many as 200 houses and steeling at least 300 head of cattle.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate civilians and their property in their village in Suam, Kapchorwa District, 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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The type of gun and incendiary used in this incident was not reported.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pokot extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 300
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
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
“Kenyan raiders kill 30 people in eastern Uganda district,” Kampala Radio Uganda, April 11, 2003.
“Police on high alert following raid by tribesmen across Uganda border,” Nairobi KTN Television, April 12, 2003.