Incident Summary:

05/11/2018: Assailants attacked Ruhagarika, Cibitoke, Burundi. At least 26 people were killed and seven others were wounded in the attack. The Resistance to the Rule of Law in Burundi (Red-Tabara) claimed responsibility for the incident.




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 Ruhagarika Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Burundi
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, fire, and machetes were used in the attack.
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Resistance to the Rule of Law in Burundi (Red-Tabara) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"'Terrorists' kill at least 26 people in Burundi," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 12, 2018.
"Buganda: 26 dead and 7 wounded in an attack," IWACU, May 12, 2018.
"Burundi: Many killed in 'terrorist' attack ahead of referendum," Deutsche Welle, May 12, 2018.