Incident Summary:

05/09/2009: On Saturday and Sunday, in Busurungi, Nord-Kivu, Congo (Kinshasa), assailants fired small arms and wielded machetes, killing at least 61 civilians and 25 children, wounding between three and 23 civilians and one child, and also set fire to the village, destroying the village. No motive for the attack was reported and no group claimed responsibility, but the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) is thought responsible.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Location Details:
The attack took place in Busurungi, Congo (Kinshasa)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A village
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack. Unknown firearms were used in the attack. 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack as 86, and the injuries for this attack from 4 to 24, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 86 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 86
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"National Counterterrorism Center, "Sixty One Civilians, 25 Children Killed, 23 Civilians, One Child Wounded in Assault and Armed Attack by Suspected FDLR in Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 22, 2009."