Incident Summary:

04/15/2004: About 20 rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army attacked a bus that was part of a civilian convoy at the Pakirinya-Ayugi Bridge along the Gulu-Adjumani Road, 410 kilometers north of Kampala in northern Uganda, killing thirteen and injuring eight. The rebels fired a rocket propelled grenade, which hit a pick-up truck that then caught fire and rammed into the bus directly ahead of it.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Uganda Civlians traveling in convoy
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 Automatic Weapon
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
There was an assortment of weapons used in the convoy attack including a rocket-propelled grenade.
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 Two soldiers that were escorting the civilian convoy were among the thirteen killed. The bus driver was shot in the head during the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least 13 killed following rebel attack in northern Uganda," Agence France Presse, April 16, 2004."
"At least 13 killed following rebel attack in northern Uganda," BBC Worldwide Monitoring, April 16, 2004."
"Ugandan guerillas kill 13, injure 9 in latest ambush in north," Deutsche Presse Agentur, April 16, 2004."