Incident Summary:

6/5/2000: Members of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) surrounded 21 Indian peacekeepers in Kuiva, Sierra Leone. The United Nations did not identify the incident as kidnapping or abduction. The peacekeepers were moved to Pendembu, then finally released on June 28, 2000. Upon release, the peacekeepers were brought to Monrovia, Liberia.



Sierra Leone

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The detainment began in Kuiva in southeastern Sierra Leone, then moved to Pendembu

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Peacekeepers
Specific Description Indian peacekeepers in Sierra Leone
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 21
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 23
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No mention of weapons was made
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 The 21 peacekeepers were part of a larger group of peacekeepers (268) who were surrounded by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) for more than a month.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary United Front (RUF) 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
"21 Indian UN troops "moved" by rebels in Sierra Leone," Agence France-Presse, June 6, 2000.
"Hostage situation in SLeone "complicated" by fighting: Liberian FM," Agence France-Presse, June 16, 2000.
"Update 3 - Sierra Leone rebels free 21 U.N. peacekeepers," Reuters, June 29, 2000.