Incident Summary:

09/12/2017: Assailants abducted Leopold Habarugira, the treasurer of the opposition Union for Peace and Development (UPD) party, in Bujumbura, Bujumbura Mairie, Burundi. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Bujumbura Mairie


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Union for Peace and Development (UPD)
Specific Description Treasurer: Leopold Habarugira
Nationality of Target Burundi
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Habarugira's wife accused police personnel of carrying out the abduction, though police officials denied involvement in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"In Burundi: Opposition politician allegedly abducted,", September 13, 2017.
"Family of Habarugira worried about his security," IWACU, September 13, 2017.
"Burundi: Leopold Habarugira, opposition leader, kidnapped in broad daylight in Bujumbura," Jeune Afrique, September 12, 2017.