Incident Summary:

06/11/2007: Elsa Serfass, a French civilian and logistics coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, was killed by a member of the Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) firing small arms as she drove in N’Gaoundal, Central African Republic. APRD later claimed responsibility for the attack.



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Doctors Without Borders
Specific Description Elsa Serfass
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Small arms.
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 The United Nations temporarily suspended operations in the area after the killing, while the APRD admitted the responsibility of a ‘rogue’ member of its organization in a verbal statement to Radio France Internationale and stated they had arrested the perpetrator on June 13 and subsequently executed him.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Joseph Benamsse, “French aid worked killed in CAR,” Associated Press Online, June 11, 2007.
“Daily press briefing by office of spokesperson for Secretary-General June 12, 2007,” States News Service, June 12, 2007.
“CAR rebels execute soldier for killing of French aid worker,” BBC Monitoring International Reports, June 19, 2007.