Incident Summary:

12/15/2009: On Tuesday, in the village of Tapili located in the province of Orientale, Congo (Kinshasa), armed assailants attacked the village, firing upon and killing five people including the village chief and kidnapping 40 people. No additional information concerning the status or health of the hostages was available. No material damage or motive for the attack was reported and no group claimed responsibility, although it was believed the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for the attack.

GTD ID:
200912150025

When:
2009-12-15

Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Orientale

City:
Near Dungu

Location Details:
The attack took place in the village of Tapili located in the province of Orientale, Congo (Kinshasa).

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 A village chief
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targted.
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 40
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
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
Sources
"Human Rights Watch, "Trail of Death," http://www.hrw.org/en/node/89320/section/7 (March 28, 2010)."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "One Village Chief, One Civilian, One Soldier, Three People Killed, 40 People Kidnapped in Armed Attack by Suspected LRA in Tapili, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 8, 2010."