Incident Summary:

11/18/2009: On Wednesday, in the village of Djema, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic, 40 armed assailants attacked the village with guns, machetes and clubs, killing 12 people and kidnapping two government officials and at least two civilians. The assailants also set fire to and damaged several houses and looted at least two shops. No additional information concerning the hostages health or status was available. No motive for the attack was reported and no group has claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for the attack.



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Djema, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic.

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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Central African Government
Specific Description Two government officials were targeted.
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A village
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack. Machetes 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 11 to 12, and the injuries for this attackas zero, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. Clubs were used used in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
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
"Jane's Intelligence, "Civilian Witness Claims LRA Attacked Town in CAR's Haut-Mbomou," Terrorism Watch Report, November 26, 2009."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Twelve People Killed, Two Government Officials, Two Civilians Kidnapped in Armed Attack and Assault by Suspected LRA near Djema, Haut-Mbomou, Central African Republic," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, May 04, 2010."