Incident Summary:

08/07/2019: Assailants abducted Elly Byarugaba, a civilian, in Kanungu district, Western, Uganda. The hostage was released on August 10, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Kanungu district

Attack Information
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 Civilian: Elly Byarugaba
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 676.76
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 676.76
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Sub-machine guns, machetes, and spears were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The incident appears to be a kidnapping for ransom.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
"Suspected Congolese militiamen kidnap two other people in Kanungu," Daily Monitor, August 21, 2019.
"Kidnapped Ugandan set free after family pays UGX2.5m ransom," PML Daily, August 12, 2019.
"Gunmen kidnap Kanungu man," Edge UG, August 9, 2019.