Incident Summary:

01/14/2017: Assailants abducted a National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) technical controller in Irumu, Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The hostage was released a few hours later after the assailants requested that CENI voter registration equipment be brought to the group's base. This was one of two attacks on CENI targets in the area on this date. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Patriotic Resistance Front in Ituri (FRPI).



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Irumu district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Aveba area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI)
Specific Description Technical Controller
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
Patriotic Resistance Front in Ituri (FRPI) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"DRCongo militiamen kidnap poll official and demand to register as voters," Radio Okapi, January 14, 2017.