Incident Summary:

06/10/2009: On Wednesday, southwest of Aba, Orientale, Ugandan assailants attacked and killed, by unknown means, nine civilians and kidnapped 16 others in a series of attacks on 30 villages. No material damage or motive for the attack was reported and no group has claimed responsibility, but the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels are thought to be responsible.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Aba

Location Details:
The attack took place in 20 miles from Aba.

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 Thirty villages
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 16
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons 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 9 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
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, "Nine Civilians Killed, Twelve Others, Four Children Kidnapped by Suspected LRA near Aba, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 16, 2009."
"Agence France Presse, "UN Says Ugandan Rebels Kill Nine Civilians in DRC," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, June 10, 2009."