Incident Summary:

02/27/2019: Assailants set fire to an Ebola Treatment Center in Butembo, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least one police officer was killed in the attack. An unknown number of people were reported missing and their whereabouts are unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Mai Mai Mazembe Militia.



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Butembo Ebola Treatment Center
Specific Description Ebola Treatment Center
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Congolese National Police (PNC)
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
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
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
Mai Mai Mazembe Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Congo Ebola Center in Flames After Another Armed Attack," New York Times, February 27, 2019.
"Attack on Ebola treatment center in DR Congo leaves policeman dead; DR CONGO EBOLA," EFE Newswire - Americas in Focus, February 28, 2019.
"Attack on DR Congo Ebola centre leaves one dead," Virunga Business Radio, February 28, 2019.