Incident Summary:

07/05/2009: On Sunday, approximately 20 nautical miles from Escravos, Delta, Nigeria, assailants fired upon and seized the chemical tanker Siehem Peace, holding 19 crew members hostage briefly before kidnapping six crew members (2 Russians; 1 Ukrainians; 2 Filipinos; 1 Indian) and releasing the ship. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed responsibility. On 07/21/2009 assailants released the six crew members unharmed.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Escravos district

Location Details:
Approximately 20 nautical miles from Escravos

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Siehem Peace
Specific Description The target of the attack was a chemical tanker ship Siehem Peace.
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 16
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
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information All six crew members released unharmed on 7/21/2009.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Agence France Presse, "Nigeria: Niger-Delta Militants Destroy Chevron Facility, Hijack Tanker," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, July 6, 2009."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Six Civilians Kidnapped, Thirteen Others Held Hostage in Armed Attack by MEND in Delta, Nigeria," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 5, 2010."