Incident Summary:

03/21/2009: On Saturday, in several villages including Yanguma, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo, armed assailants using machetes killed 12 civilians and kidnapped between 40 and 60 others including children, the status of the hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Lord's Resistance Army was responsible.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Yanguma

Location Details:
The kidnapping took place in several villages including Yanguma, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 60
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Machetes 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
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
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
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Twelve Civilians Killed in Assault, Sixty Others Including Children Kidnapped by Suspected LRA Near Yanguma, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, June 8, 2009."
"Reuters, "Claims Rebels Killed 12 Civilians in DR Congo," Reuters, March 21, 2009."