Incident Summary:

10/22/2019: Assailants attacked a police post and abducted 20 people near Kibira National Forest in Musigati district, Bubanza, Burundi. At least 14 assailants were killed in the attack and the hostages were released soon after. Resistance to the Rule of Law in Burundi (Red-Tabara) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Musigati district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Burundi National Police
Specific Description Post
Nationality of Target Burundi
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 20
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Resistance to the Rule of Law in Burundi (Red-Tabara) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Rebels Leave Burundi Military, Police Bruised," Taarifa Rwanda, October 23, 2019.
"Burundi: Journalists, Driver Detained on Reporting Trip," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), October 23, 2019.