Incident Summary:

02/05/2004: The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked the Abia camp for internally displaced persons in northern Uganda. Approximately 300 rebels overpowered the government soldiers guarding the camp, but were eventually driven off by army reinforcements. Fifty-four civilians and two soldiers were killed, over seventy people were injured, and approximately twenty went missing as a result of this attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Lira

Location Details:
This attack occurred at the Abia camp for internally displaced persons near the city of Lira in the Lira District, approximately 185 miles north of Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Displaced Persons Camp
Specific Description Abia camp for Displaced Persons in northern Uganda
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
The victims sustained gunshot wounds, machete wounds and burns.
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 Over 20 people were missing after the attack. It was unclear whether they had fled, been abducted, or been killed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 300
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 56 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"20 missing, 52 hospitalized after deadly rebel attack in Uganda," Agence France Presse, February 6, 2004."
"Ugandan strife claims dozens," The Calgary Sun, February 6, 2004."
"Some 50 killed as rebela attack camp for displaced in northern Uganda," Agence France Presse, February 5, 2004."