Incident Summary:

01/23/2006: Members of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo ambushed and killed eight Guatemalan UN peacekeepers while they were on a reconnaissance mission in Garamba National Park. Specifically, the attack took place in Aba, Orientale Province. Fifteen of the rebels were killed in the firefight as well.

GTD ID:
200601230010

When:
2006-01-23

Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Orientale

City:
Aba

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations
Specific Description UN peacekeepers in DRC
Nationality of Target Guatemala
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 15
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
“Uganda Urges More Action against Rebels in Eastern DRC,” AFP, February 2, 2006.
“Guatemalan UN Peacekeepers Killed in DRCongo,” Integrated Regional Information Network, January 23, 2006.
Juan Carlos Llorca, “U.N.: Guatemalan Peacekeepers Killed in Congo Were Searching for Rebel Leaders,” Associated Press Worldstream, January 31, 2006.