Incident Summary:

11/18/2003: Members of the Lord’s Resistance Army killed 12 people in Uganda’s northern district of Lira. The 12 victims were bludgeoned to death. Nine of the 12 killed were prisoners whom the group had abducted in previous raids.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Lira

Location Details:
The attack occurred 10 kilometers from Lira.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the District of Lira
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Blunt Object
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 two related attacks (cf. 200311170001; 200311180001). The attack followed intense LRA operations in Lira that occurred in the previous week in which up to 100 people were reported to have been killed. These attacks had forced approximately 300,000 people to flee their homes in the region.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Uganda Rebels Kill 12 People,” United Press International, November 18, 2003.
“Ugandan Rebels Bludgeon 12 Civilians to Death, Among them Children,” Agence France Presse, November 18, 2003.