Incident Summary:

05/17/2017: Assailants attacked the Makala Central Prison in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 50 people were killed and 50 prisoners, including Bunda Dia Kongo (BDK) leader Ne Muanda Nsemi, were freed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Bunda Dia Kongo (BDK).



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Makala Central Prison
Specific Description Prison
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
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 numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bunda Dia Kongo (BDK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 50 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 50
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rebel Chief Escapes In DR Congo Prison Break: Govt," AFP (World Service), May 17, 2017.
"BBCM Africa Watchlist for 18 May," BBC Monitoring, May 18, 2017.
"BBC Monitoring: Terrorism Digest 16-17 May 2017," BBC Monitoring, May 16, 2017.