Incident Summary:

10/18/2017: Assailants attacked Pombolo, Basse-Kotto, Central African Republic. At least 26 people were killed and 24 people were injured in the ensuing clashes with Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) fighters. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an anti-Balaka militia.



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Pombolo Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC)
Specific Description Fighters
Nationality of Target Central African Republic
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
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 reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Balaka Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UN says 2 peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic," Washington Post, October 20, 2017.
"UN condemns fresh violence in Central African Republic," Anadolu Ajansi, October 19, 2017.
"Africa Command OSINT Daily 20 - 22 October 2017," Summary, October 20, 2017.