Incident Summary:

08/20/2019: Assailants set up a road blockade and kidnapped two people in Kyabuyorwa, Western, Uganda. Both hostages were transported to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and later escaped. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 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 Civilians: Twinamasiko Abrose, Twinomujuni Eldard
Nationality of Target Uganda
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Sub-machine guns, pangas, and spears 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 The victims also included civilian Niwagaba Jacob.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
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.
"Kanungu: 2 Ugandans Kidnapped by Armed Men, Taken to DRC in Third Incident Since July," Soft Power News, August 20, 2019.