Incident Summary:

12/25/2015: Assailants attacked a Democratic Republic of the Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) position in Mashere village, Kalehe district, South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. One FARDC officer was killed and a FARDC officer and a civilian were abducted. The officer was released on December 26, 2015, while the whereabouts of the remaining hostage are unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Raia Mutomboki Militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Kivu


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Kalehe district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
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 Residence of Commander
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Raia Mutomboki Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Senior commander kidnapped by militia in eastern DRCongo released," Goma Radio Okapi, December 28, 2015.
"Local militia in eastern DRCongo attack military base, kidnap commander," Goma Radio Okapi, December 26, 2015.