Incident Summary:

12/25/2016: Assailants attacked Hutu civilians in Rutshuru, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 13 civilians were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Mai Mai Mazembe Militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu

Rutshuru district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Nyanzale area.

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 Hutu Civilians
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?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
Mai Mai Mazembe Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
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
"13 Civilians Killed In DR Congo Christmas Day Ethnic Attack," AFP (World Service), December 26, 2016.
"Militias kill 34 civilians; Congo conflict worsens," Oman Tribune, December 26, 2016.
"DR Congo Christmas slaughter leaves 35 dead," The Nation Pakistan, December 26, 2016.