Incident Summary:

05/24/2009: On Sunday and Monday, in Dungu, Orientale, Congo (Kinshasa), assailants attacked and set fire to 20 homes, killed seven civilians by unknown means, wounded 20 others, kidnapped 10 others, damaged about 12 homes, and stole clothing. No motive for the attack was reported and no group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Dungu

Location Details:
The attack took place in Dungi.

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 A village
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack. An unknown incendiary device was 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 from one to seven, and the injuries for this attack from 0 to 20, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
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 / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Three Civilians Killed, Twenty Others Wounded, Ten Others Kidnapped by Suspected LRA in Dungu, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 23, 2009)."
"Africa News, "Congo-Kinshasa; Top UN Envoy Calls for National Reforms," LexisNexis Academic, Africa News, May 26, 2009."
"BBC Monitoring Africa, "Ugandan LRA Rebels Said Kill Seven Civilians in Northeastern DRCongo," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Africa, may 25, 2009."