Incident Summary:

05/16/2017: Assailants attacked anti-Balaka militia members in Bria, Haute-Kotto, Central African Republic. At least 36 people, including armed group members and civilians, were killed and 36 people were injured in the ensuing clashes that continued until May 19, 2017. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC).



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Bria district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Anti-Balaka Militia
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 36 Fatalities / 36 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 36
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Death toll rises to 36 in rebel attack in Central African Republic," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 19, 2017.
"UPDATE 1-At least 22 dead in clashes over Central African Republic town -U.N.," Reuters Africa, May 20, 2017.
"20,000 flee latest fighting in Central African Republic,", May 19, 2017.