Incident Summary:

10/01/2003: A group of unknown size attacked a tax office in Gonaives, Haiti. Documents were taken from the building and burned in the street. No casualties were reported during the incident. Participants were supporters and members of the Cannibal Army gang.




Central America & Caribbean

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Haitian Tax System
Specific Description A tax office in Gonaives
Nationality of Target Haiti
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of four related attacks (cf. 200310010003-06). Members of the Cannibal Gang were followers of the recently killed Amiot Metayer. Although no official claim of responsibility appeared to have taken place, members of the gang admitted to committing the acts while being interviewed on the street.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Cannibal Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Headlines: World in Brief," The Washington Post, October 1, 2003.
Michael Norton, "Protestors attack four government buildings, torch three of them in Haiti," Associated Press, October 1, 2003.
"Haitian radio reports public offices burnt in Gonaives," Financial Times, October 1, 2003.