Incident Summary:

02/02/2017: Assailants opened fire on residents and set fire to buildings in Bocaranga, Ouham-Pende, Central African Republic. The assailants also attacked a Christian church in the town. At least 20 people were killed and dozens of other people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R).



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Bocaranga Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least 20 killed during rebel attack in western CAR," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 2, 2017."
"Suspected rebels attack northwestern CAR town,", February 2, 2017."
"Report Says Armed Rebellion Threatens Northern CAR Despite Peace Talks," RJDH Online, February 2, 2017."