Incident Summary:

09/16/2014: Assailants attacked Bunyatenge village, North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was one of two villages targeted in North Kivu on the same day. At least one person was killed and 93 others were abducted across the two incidents. All 93 hostages escaped and returned to their homes on September 19, 2014. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC).



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Attack Information
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 Bunyatenge Locality
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 47
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
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
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed across incidents 201409160055 and 201409160056.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Civilians abducted in eastern DRCongo escape," Goma Radio Okapi, September 19, 2014.
"DRCongo militia kidnaps over 90 people in northeast," BBC Monitoring Africa - Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, September 18, 2014.