Incident Summary:

11/27/2016: Assailants armed with firearms and machetes attacked internally displaced persons in Lukanga, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 34 civilians were killed and 20 civilians were injured in the assault. This was one of two coordinated attacks in the area on this date. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incidents to the Mai Mai Mazembe militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Internally Displaced Persons
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mai Mai Mazembe Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Militias kill at least 30 in east DRC ethnic clashes," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, November 27, 2016.
"Militia Attack Kills 34 Civilians In DR Congo," AFP (World Service), November 27, 2016.
"MONUSCO condemns the deadly attack on IDPs at Luhanga, North Kivu," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), November 28, 2016.