Incident Summary:

09/25/2009: On Friday, in an unspecified village of Dingba, Orientale, Congo (Kinshasa), about forty assailants attacked villagers; twenty-two people were killed with machetes and knives in the incident. Twelve others were kidnapped. No other casualties have been reported. No claim of responsibility was reported, although it was believed the Lord's Resistance Army from Uganda was responsible.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Dingba

Location Details:
The attack took place in a village in Dingba, Orientale province.

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 The target in the incident was civilians from the northeast Orientale Province of Congo.
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
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
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Machetes and knives 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 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
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
"Press TV, "LRA Rebels Massacre Dozens in Congo,"§ionid=351020506 (October 7, 2009)."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Twenty-Two Civilians Killed, 12 People Kidnapped in Assault by Suspected LRA in Dingba, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 20, 2010."
"Agence France Presse, "Ugandan Rebels Kill 22 in DR Congo," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, October 6, 2009."