Incident Summary:

10/21/2014: Assailants abducted at least 63 people from an unknown location in the center of Central African Republic. The hostages were rescued on October 29, 2014. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, a United Nations (UN) spokesperson attributed the attack to Seleka militants. In addition, the hostages themselves attributed the attack to an anti-balaka militia.



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 63
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
Additional Information Kidnap numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Balaka Militia No
Seleka No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"U.N. peacekeepers free 67 hostages in Central African Republic," Reuters, October 29, 2014.
"20:57 U.N. peacekeepers free 67 hostages in Central African Republic,", October 29, 2014.