Incident Summary:

2/2/2008: Chadian rebels attacked the capital city of N'Djamena, in N'Djamena region, Chad. The rebels engaged in three days of fighting with military forces, finally agreeing to a cease-fire on February 5, 2008. Hundreds of civilians and an unknown number of rebels and military personnel were killed in the attack; more than one thousand people were wounded. Stores and businesses in the downtown sector were looted, as were the parliament buildings and the state broadcasting station. Approximately 20,000 residents fled the city during the assault. The rebels entered the city with the intention of toppling President Deby; they directed their attack towrds the presidential palace.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Inside the city of N'Djamena

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Chadian president
Specific Description President Idriss Deby
Nationality of Target Chad
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Chadian soldiers
Specific Description Chadian military protecting the presidential palace and the city of N'Djamena
Nationality of Target Chad
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the city of N'Djamena
Nationality of Target Chad
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
Weapon Details
"The only specific weapons mentioned were ""heavy weapons"""
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 rebel forces consisted of three groups that had formed a coalition, led by Mahamat Nouri
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Rebels Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 160 Fatalities / 1001 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 160
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 1001
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Tom Maliti, "Hundreds of Civilians Killed in Chad," Associated Press, February 5, 2008."
"Chadian rebels fighting inside capital-resident," Reuters, February 2, 2008."