Incident Summary:

05/19/2018: Assailants abducted six civilians on a fishing trip on Lake Edward, Rukungiri district, Western region, Uganda. One hostage was released on an unknown date. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. Mayi Mayi claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded ten boxes of bullets in exchange for the hostages.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Rukungiri district

Location Details:
The incident occurred at Lake Edward

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 Fishermen
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mayi Mayi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Congolese militia demand bullets to release Ugandans," Daily Monitor, May 22, 2018.
"Congolese militia abduct six Ugandans," Uganda Daily Monitor, May 21, 2018.
"Six Ugandan fishermen abducted by suspected Congolese militia: police," Xinhua General News Service, May 21, 2018.