Incident Summary:

12/09/2018: Assailants attacked security forces in Busasamana, Western, Rwanda. At least two soldiers and four assailants were killed. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF)
Specific Description Positions
Nationality of Target Rwanda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Machine guns 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two Rwandan Soldiers Killed By Rebels On DR Congo Border: Kigame," AFP (World Service), December 14, 2018.
"Two Rwandan soldiers and rebels killed in clashes, says president," Reuters India, December 14, 2018.
"Suspected Rwandan rebels attack Rwandan border district from DR Congo: media," Xinhua General News Service, December 10, 2018.