Incident Summary:

12/15/2018: Assailants stopped three passenger vehicles and set them on fire between Rusizi and Huye in Nyamagabe district, Southern, Rwanda. At least four people were killed and six people were injured in the attack. Additionally, 74 people were abducted. The hostages were rescued by security forces on December 17, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Nyamagabe district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Rusizi and Huye.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Civilians
Nationality of Target Rwanda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 74
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
A rocket, firearms, and fire 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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 4 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"News Rwandan Army Kills 3 Suspected Rebels In Nyungwe Forest 91," ChimpReports, December 18, 2018.
"Rwandan army rescues 74 civilians abducted by armed attackers," Xinhua News Agency, December 18, 2018.
"Survivors of FLN attacks recall atrocities," Rwanda New Times, September 7, 2020.