Incident Summary:

07/11/2004: Eleven members of the same family were killed by suspected members of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Apungi village, Lira district. Among those killed were several children. The parents escaped unharmed. One of the victims, Tom Okello was abducted after the initial attack and subsequently killed at an unspecified time and location. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack and no property damage was reported. The dead included Mary Iyer and her three children, Rose Alwedo and her child, Semi Akello, Catherine Akello, and Punia Okello.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ugandan family
Specific Description Mayer Ayer
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Other identified victims included Rose Alwedo, Semi Akello, Catherine Akello, Punia Okello, and Tom Okello.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
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
“Uganda: Rebels Kill 11 in Lira,” Africa News, July 13, 2004.
“Eleven members of family massacred in Uganda, rebels blamed,” Agence France Presse, July 13, 2004.
“Uganda accuses rebels of massacring 11 family members,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 13, 2004.