Incident Summary:

02/02/2010: On Tuesday, in the village of Kpanga near the Niangara, Orientale, Congo (Kinshasa), assailants burned homes, attacked and killed at least 74 civilians by unknown means and kidnapped an unknown amount of civilians. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is thought to be responsible for the attack. The status of the hostages is unknown.

GTD ID:
201002020027

When:
2010-02-02

Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Orientale

City:
Near Niangara

Location Details:
The attack occurred in the village of Kpanga near the Niangara.

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 The village of Kpanga was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
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 74 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 74
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
"Thomas Fessy, "Top UN Man Investigates Massacre Claims in DR Congo," BBC Worldwide Monitoring, May 2, 2010, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8656634.stm."
"Edward Ssekika, "LRA Congo Killing Spree Claims 100," Arab Times, May 23, 2010, http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8623:lra-congo-killing-spree-claims-100&catid=34:news&Itemid=59."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Thirty-Six Civilians, 14 Children Killed, 75 Civilians and Children Kidnapped in Armed Attack and Assault by Suspected LRA in Manziga, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 2, 2010."