Incident Summary:

07/01/2003: A pick-up truck traveling on the Lira-Kotido road was ambushed near Aliwang, Uganda. Eight were killed on the spot, including two UPDR soldiers, while another three people died from wounds following the attack. A Catholic priest reported that more than 25 people were wounded but he was only able to transport 17 injured to the Lira Hospital. The Ugandan government suspected the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was the responsible party.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF)
Specific Description Two UPDR Soldiers riding on a truck 44km from Lira town on the Lira-Kotido road
Nationality of Target Uganda
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Ugandan civilians riding on a truck 44km from Lira town on the Lira-Kotido road
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information Reports on the number of killed and injured people vary across reports. At least six people were killed and at least 17 were injured. The last report of the attack listed death toll at 11. The priest who transported 17 injured to the Lira Hospital said that at least 25 were injured and he was not able to transport all of the injured to the hospital. The known victims that died include two UPDF soldiers, two-year-old Sarah Kia (died at the hospital), and Opio, the driver. Other victims that were not identified as killed or injured include Grace Ongu, Miriam Adongo, Delis Adongo, a truck controller, and two elderly men. The majority of the injured admitted to the Lira Hospital were women, five of the admitted were primary school children.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Uganda; Rebels kill 9 more in Lira," Africa News, July 3, 2003"
“Uganda; more die in Kony Rebel Ambush in Lira,” Africa News, July 10, 2003.
Uganda; LRA Rebels kill eight in Lira ambush, Africa News, July 3, 2003.