Incident Summary:

03/04/2018: Assailants abducted at least 24 Kahuzi Byega National Park workers in Nyambembe, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. All of the hostages were released on March 23, 2018. The Raia Mutomboki Militia claimed responsibility for the incident.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Kivu


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Kahuzi Byega National Park
Specific Description Workers
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 24
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 19
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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) No
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Raia Mutomboki Militia Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"27 people abducted by militia from Congo gorilla sanctuary freed," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 23, 2018.
"Eastern DR Congo militia faction frees 24 hostages," Radio Okapi, March 24, 2018.