Incident Summary:

12/25/2017: Assailants set fire to a residence owned by Joseph Kabila in Musienene, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabila, the President, was not harmed as he was not present at the time of the attack; however, at least one Congolese National Police (PNC) officer was killed. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Mayi Mayi.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Specific Description Property of President: Joseph Kabila
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Congolese National Police (PNC)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mayi Mayi No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Kabila Residence Burned Down In DR Congo," AFP (World Service), December 25, 2017.
"Three killed in attack on DR Congo president's home," Radio Okapi, December 27, 2017.
"DRC: Suspected Mai Mai Militia Group Burns President Kabila Home in North Kivu Province," BBC World Service, December 26, 2017.