Incident Summary:

08/08/2016: Assailants attacked civilians in Kibirizi, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least seven people were killed in the attack. This was one of two related attacks in the area on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Sources also attributed the attack to the Nyatura Militia and the Mai Mai Mazembe Militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Rutshuru district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, fire, and machetes were used in the attack.
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 for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) No
Mai Mai Mazembe Militia No
Nyatura Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
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
"Attacks by Rwandan rebels leave 14 dead in Congolese villages," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 8, 2016.
"Armed Groups Kill 14 In Troubled East DR Congo," AFP (World Service), August 8, 2016.
"Seven Dead In Troubled East DR Congo," AFP (World Service), August 8, 2016.