Incident Summary:

05/18/2019: Assailants stopped a vehicle carrying civilians in Kele, Ouham-Pende, Central African Republic. Ten Cameroonian drivers and three passengers were abducted. Three of the hostages were released on May 21, 2019 and the remaining hostages were released on June 17, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R).



Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Truck Drivers
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 13
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 30
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) 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
"Cameroon: Truckers Resume Work after CAR Rebels Release Hostages," South Africa Today, June 21, 2019.
"Cameroon: Truckers Resume Work after CAR Rebels Release Hostages," South Africa News Shafaqna, June 21, 2019.
"Attack on CAR’s City of Bang by Rebels Causes Displacement of Hundreds of Inhabitants," Radio Lengo Songo, May 22, 2019.