Incident Summary:

12/29/2019: Assailants attacked Apetina-Sana, Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At least 18 people were killed and it is unknown if there were any other casualties in the attack. An unknown number of people were reported missing in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; 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) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Democratic Republic of the Congo
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rebels 'hack civilians to death' in eastern DRC attack," Al Jazeera, December 30, 2019.
"Islamist militants kill 18 in attack in eastern Congo," Reuters Africa, December 30, 2019.
"Burkina Faso: ACLED Regional Overview – Africa (15 December 2019 – 4 January 2020)," ReliefWeb, January 10, 2020.