Incident Summary:

11/26/2016: Assailants threw explosive devices and opened fire on a joint security patrol in Kasese, Western, Uganda. At least 41 assailants and 14 police officers were killed and two soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to separatists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF)
Specific Description Joint Patrol
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Grenades, other thrown explosive devices, firearms, and spears were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Separatists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 55 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 55
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 41
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Clashes Kill At Least 55 In Restive Ugandan Kingdom," AFP (World Service), November 27, 2016."
"Rwenzururu king arrested over fresh Rwenzori clashes," Uganda Daily Monitor, November 27, 2016."
"55 killed in western Uganda clashes," Xinhua General News Service, November 27, 2016."