Incident Summary:

10/07/2017: Assailants armed with machetes and firearms attacked a motorcycle convoy at Kilometer 40 along Mbau-Kamango Highway outside Kamango, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 26 people, including one Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldier, were abducted in the assault. All 26 hostages were tied up and killed and their bodies were discovered in a state of decomposition on October 15, 2017. This was one of four incidents carried out by the same organization in Beni district on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu

Near Kamango

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Mbau-Kamango highway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC)
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Motorcycle Convoy
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 26
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms and machetes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here. This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 26
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
"Ugandan Rebel Group Massacres 22 in Congo," New York Times, October 8, 2017.
"Intense Fighting In DR Congo After 20 Kidnapped," AFP (World Service), October 8, 2017.
"DRC: Military Reportedly Finds 26 Bodies After Early October Rebel Attacks in Beni, North Kivu," BBC World Service, October 16, 2017.