Kampala wedding massacre

The Kampala wedding massacre was a mass murder that occurred at a wedding party in the Naguru neighbourhood of Kampala, Uganda on 26 June 1994. The perpetrator, Richard Komakech, shot and killed 26 people at the party before he was apprehended and subsequently killed in revenge.

Kampala wedding massacre
Naguru is located in Uganda
Naguru (Uganda)
LocationNaguru, Kampala, Uganda
Date26 June 1994
TargetWedding guests
Attack type
Mass shooting
WeaponsSemi-automatic rifle
Deaths27 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorRichard Komakech


Richard Komakech, a private in the Ugandan military police, was attending the wedding when he requested a female guest, Irene Ati, to dance with him. Ati declined the offer, but Komakech repeatedly insisted she dance with him to the point he became aggressive and had to be separated from her. Komakech began rioting and was expelled from the festivities. The drunken private then went to fetch a semi-automatic rifle and returned to the party about ten minutes later. Komakech first killed Irene Ati, and then started shooting randomly at the guests, in which 14 people died on the spot (including Irene Ati) and 12 more later died in hospital, while 13 others were seriously wounded.

Komakech eventually attempted to commit suicide with his rifle by shooting himself in the mouth, though he suffered only wounds to his forehead and pretended to be dead until police arrived. Although officers who apprehended Komakech tried to prevent the guests from killing him, Irene Ati's father managed to break through the police cordon and killed Komakech by smashing in his skull.

By the end of the massacre 27 people had been killed.[1][2][3][4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 24 Killed for a dance, The Daily Topic (28 June 1994)
  2. ^ Soldier kills 14, then turns gun on himself, New Straits Times (28 June 1994)
  3. ^ Amokläufer tötet 26 Gäste einer Hochzeitsfeier, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (28 June 1994)
  4. ^ Amoklauf eines ugandischen Soldaten - 26 Hochzeitsgäste erschossen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (28 June 1994)
  5. ^ Amok an Hochzeit, Blick (28 June 1994)