Incident Summary:

01/16/2014: Assailants attacked a mosque in Bossembele town, Ombella-M'Poko prefecture, Central African Republic. At least 43 people were killed and at least 12 others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities attributed it to an anti-Balaka militia.



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Central Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Multiple firearms, 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
Anti-Balaka Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Prominent Muslim ex-leader killed in Central African Republic," World Bulletin, January 26, 2014."
"Fierce clashes erupt in CAR's Bangui; causalities reported," Turkish Weekly, January 25, 2014."
"Central African Republic: More than 50 Muslims killed in two attacks," Amnesty International Irish Section, January 24, 2014."