Incident Summary:

11/24/2017: Assailants abducted five civilians in Kibirizi, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The five hostages were executed later the same day. This was one of two similar attacks in the area on the same date. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was involved.

GTD ID:
201711240044

When:
2017-11-24

Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

North Kivu

City:
Kibirizi

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Rutshuru district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suspected Rwandan rebels kidnap two in eastern DR Congo," Radio Okapi, November 25, 2017."
"Suspected militia kidnap several people in eastern DR Congo," Radio Okapi, November 25, 2017."