Incident Summary:

05/08/2017: Assailants attacked civilians in Alindao, Basse-Kotto, Central African Republic. At least 130 people were killed and an unknown number of people were injured in the assault. An unknown number of civilians were also abducted, and the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC).

GTD ID:
201705080033

When:
2017-05-08

Country:
Central African Republic

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Basse-Kotto

City:
Alindao

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Alindao district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom 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
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
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
Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 133 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 133
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
"CAR: Scores Dead and Thousands Displaced as Conflict Erupts in Alindao," Medecins sans Frontieres, June 8, 2017."
"Central African Republic rebels turn on each other as violence flares," IPP Media, June 7, 2017."
"UN forces retake strategic areas of C. African Republic city," The Associated Press, May 15, 2017."