Incident Summary:

03/24/2017: Assailants ambushed a police convoy traveling between Tshikapa and Kananga in Kananga district, Kasai-Central, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 45 police officers were abducted in the attack. At least 39 hostages were killed while six hostages were released later the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Kamwina Nsapu Militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Kananga district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Tshikapa and Kananga.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Congolese National Police (PNC)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 45
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
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
Additional Information Casualty and hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kamwina Nsapu Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 39 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 39
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
"DR Congo Police Accuse Rebels Of Killing 39 Officers," AFP (World Service), March 27, 2017."
"Scores of policemen killed in Democratic Republic of Congo," Deutsche Welle, March 25, 2017."
"Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in Congo ambush," Reuters UK, March 25, 2017."