Incident Summary:

01/10/2009: On Saturday, near Nambwezi near Dungu, Kasai Oriental, Democratic Republic of the Congo, armed assailants fired upon Virunga National Park rangers, killing one ranger and wounding another. One rebel was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Congolese Coalition for Patriotic Resistance was responsible.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Dungu

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Dungu.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description The targets were Virunga National Park rangers.
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were 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
Congolese Patriotic Resistence-Patriotic Armed Forces (Pareco/FAP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Cable News Network, "Militia Kills Ranger in Congo National Park," LexisNexis Academic, Cable News Network, January 11, 2009.
Joe Sterling, "Slain Congolese Ranger Called 'Exceptional'," LexisNexis Academic, Cable News Network, January 12, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Government Employee Killed by Suspected PARECO near Dungu, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 3, 2009.