Incident Summary:

07/19/2015: Assailants abducted a pastor in Baboua, Nana-Mambere, Central African Republic. The hostage was released on July 23, 2016. This was one of two related abductions in the area on this day. The Group of the Fatima Church Attack claimed responsibility for the attack and demanded a ransom in exchange for the victims. Additionally, sources attributed the incident to the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDCP), who denied involvement.



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: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Pastor
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 370
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) (suspected) No
Group of the Fatima Church Attack Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
"Report Says New Armed Group Causes 'Havoc' in Western CAR," Centrafrique-presse Online, July 24, 2015.
"CAR Political-Military Group Rejects Violence Blame, Rather Cites Still Armed Rebels," Radio Ndeke Luka Online, July 21, 2015.