Incident Summary:

05/10/2003: Members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) raided a junior seminary in Opia village, six kilometers west of Gulu, Uganda, killing a child and abducting 44 boys and several other people (unspecified). Three children immediately managed to escape but the fate of the remaining children was not reported.

GTD ID:
200305100001

When:
2003-05-10

Country:
Uganda

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Northern

City:
Opia

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate children at the Lacor seminary in Opia village, six kilometers west of Gulu, Uganda
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 44
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom 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
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 50
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Sources
"Ugandan rebels kill boy, abduct 41 others in raid on seminary," Agence France Presse, May 11, 2003."