Incident Summary:

07/04/1999: The United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) vehicles came under attack on the road from Sare in Hatolia sub-district of East Timor, Indonesia. Members of the Besi Merah Putih Militia used guns, machetes and rocks to ambush the convoy. One person was killed, four were injured and fifteen were believed to be kidnapped by the attackers. Information regarding the fate of the kidnapped was not disclosed in news reports.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Sare

Location Details:
This incident occurred on the road from Sare in Hatolia sub-district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations humanitarian mission in Timor (UNAMET)
Specific Description UNAMET Convoy on the road from Sare in Hatolia, Timor-Leste
Nationality of Target East Timor
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 15
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Blunt Object
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Besi Merah Putih Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Timor Ambush Victim Shot by Gunman in UNAMET Vehicle,” Antara News Agency, July 5, 1999.
"Australia: Fears for 15 in East Timor UN Convoy Ambush,” The Sydney Morning Herald, July 5, 1999.
"UNAMET Attacked Over Perceived Humanitarian Bias,” Jakarta Kompas, July 5, 1999.