Incident Summary:

09/27/2018: Assailants attempted to abduct Patrick Onyango in Kireka, Central region, Uganda. Onyango, a deputy police spokesperson, was not harmed as there were no reported casualties in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Wakiso district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Uganda Police Force (UPF)
Specific Description Deputy Police Spokesperson: Patrick Onyango
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the target suspected that assailants were following him with the intention of kidnapping him, but this could not be independently verified.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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
"Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango survives attack by men riding on boda boda,", September 28, 2018.
"Deputy Police spokesperson SP Onyango “survives” assassination," Uganda Daily Monitor, September 28, 2018.
"Crime & Investigation Police Probe Alleged Plot to Kill Deputy Publicist, Onyango 66," ChimpReports, September 28, 2018.