Incident Summary:

9/6/2000: Members of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) kidnapped two Italian missionaries who were providing support to Sierra Leone refugees in the border town of Pamlape, Forecariah, Guinea. The two missionaries were Franco Manganello and Vittorio Mosele; a third individual, a volunteer named Guiseppe Giacomello, was originally believed to be kidnapped but managed to elude the rebels. The two captives escaped from the rebels on December 5th, 2000. They were not seriously injured.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Missionaries
Specific Description Franco Manganello and Vittorio, Italian missionaries providing support in Pamlap
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 90
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
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 motive behind the kidnapping is unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary United Front (RUF) No
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
"Sierra Leone rebels take three Italian missionaries hostage," Agence France-Presse, September 7, 2000.
"Sierra Leone rebels kidnap Italian missionaries in Guinea," Associated Press, September 7, 2000.
"Two Italian priests escape rebels in Sierra Leone," Reuters, December 6, 2000.