Incident Summary:

12/02/2016: Assailants raided Yangou Pendere, Haute-Kotto, Central African Republic. At least 14 people were abducted in the attack. The whereabouts of the hostages are unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Yangou Pendere

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Yangou Pendere Community
Specific Description Community
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 14
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"LRA Rebels Continue to Cause Unspeakable Suffering - Report," Uganda Radio Network, December 8, 2016."
"LRA militants attack village in the CAR's Haute-Kotto," Jane's, December 2, 2016."