Incident Summary:

12/15/2019: Assailants attacked civilians in Ntombi, Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was one of two coordinated attacks in the area overnight. At least 22 people were killed across both attacks. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).



Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Kivu


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Beni district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ntombi Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
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 and machetes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those (killed and/or wounded) across incidents 20191215000 and 201912150002.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
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
"Militants Kill 22 in Eastern Congo Despite Claims of Security Progress," New York Times, December 17, 2019.
"More than dozen killed in eastern DR Congo rebel attack," Al Jazeera, December 15, 2019.
"'We were so close': how unrest in Congo thwarted the battle against Ebola; World Health Organization rues spike in violence that impeded efforts of health workers when outbreak was almost under control," The Guardian (London), December 23, 2019.