GTD ID:
198809130003

When:
1988-09-13

Country:
Lesotho

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Maseru

City:
Maseru

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Catholic Church
Specific Description Bus Carrying Nuns and others to Pope John Paul
Nationality of Target Vatican City
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 69
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 26
Days of Kidnapping 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $10,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Automatic firearm
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lesotho Liberation Army (LLA) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources