Incident Summary:

08/05/2017: Assailants armed with machetes, firearms, and bows and arrows, attacked an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) clinic in Gambo, Mbomou, Central African Republic. Several people, including 6 aid volunteers and dozens of civilians, were killed and an unknown number of other people were injured in the assault. At least one person was also abducted and released approximately five hours later. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC).



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Specific Description Clinic
Nationality of Target International
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 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Rifles, machetes, and bows and arrows 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
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 30 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 30
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 Unknown
"TOPSHOTS 'I Was Among The Dead And Injured': Horror In C. Africa," AFP (World Service), August 19, 2017.
"CAR government powerless as militia fighting intensifies," France24, August 15, 2017.
"Six Red Cross workers are reported killed in the Central African Republic," Deutsche Welle, August 9, 2017.