Incident Summary:

10/04/2019: Assailants attacked civilians near Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, Northern, Rwanda. Eight people were killed and 18 others were injured in the attack. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists
Nationality of Target Rwanda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, machetes, and knives 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 45
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Terrorists target gov't installations in northern Rwanda attack: army official," Xinhua General News Service, October 9, 2019.
"Eight killed, 18 hurt in Rwanda attack," The Mercury (South Africa), October 7, 2019.
"Rwandan Rebels Kill 14 in Rare Attack in Tourist Region," Bloomberg-Quint, October 7, 2019.