Incident Summary:

05/20/2013: Assailants attacked the Congolese army in Muntaho area, North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nineteen people died, including both soldiers and attackers, while 27 other people suffered injuries in the fighting. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however; sources attributed the attack to the M23 group. Fighting between M23 and government forces continued off and on for several days.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Location Details:
The attack occurred in Muntaho.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC)
Specific Description Forces
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Mortars and possibly an armored personnel carrier 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
M23 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 15
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 21
"Fighting in eastern DR Congo leaves 19 dead," Agence France Presse -- English, May 21, 2013.
"Rebels and army clash in DR Congo's Goma," Al Jazeera, May 20, 2013.
"Rebels, army clash in DR Congo ahead of Ban visit," Agence France Presse -- English, May 20, 2013.