Incident Summary:

01/04/2009: On Sunday, in Masambo, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo, assailants attacked and set fire to the village, killing seven civilians by unknown means, kidnapping many civilians and children, and damaging the entire village. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Lord's Resistance Army was responsible.

GTD ID:
200901040023

When:
2009-01-04

Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Orientale

City:
Masambo

Location Details:
The attack occured at a village in Masambo, Orientale.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a village in Masambo, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Fire was the weapon used in the attack.
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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
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
Sources
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Seven Civilians Killed, Many Civilians, Children Kidnapped by Suspected LRA in Masambo, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 3, 2009."
"Margarida Fawke, "UNHCR Visits Congolese Towns Attacked by Lord's Resistance Army," LexisNexis Academic, States News Service, January 6, 2009."