Incident Summary:

06/27/2020: Assailants attacked a Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) base near the Burundian border in Yanze, Southern, Rwanda. At least four assailants were killed and three RDF soldiers were injured in the attack. No group 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: Military
Name of Entity Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Rwanda
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenades, rocket launchers, and machine guns 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the Burundian military was involved in the attack; however, officials deny involvement.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Burundi denies sheltering militants following gunmen attack on Rwandan military position," Xinhua General News Service, June 28, 2020.
"Gunmen Attack Rwanda Military Base Near Burundi Border," ChimpReports, June 27, 2020.
"Rwanda says 3 soldiers hurt in attack by gunmen near Burundi," ABC News, June 27, 2020.