Incident Summary:

11/2/2000: Approximately 40 members of the rebel Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit who were loyal to the coup leader George Speight seized control of the main military barracks in Suva, on Viti Levu island, Central Division, Fiji. At least five soldiers were taken hostage in the mutiny but were later released. Army troops loyal to the legitimate Prime Minister stormed the barracks and, after an eight hour gun battle, regained control of it. Five rebel soldiers were killed, as were at least two regular soldiers. At least another ten soldiers were injured, as were eight civilians. 11 rebels were captured and as many as 15 escaped.




Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:

Central Division


Location Details:
The main military barracks in Suva, on Viti Levu island, Central Division

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Fiji military
Specific Description Soldiers in the vicinity of the main barracks in Suva
Nationality of Target Fiji
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the main barracks in Suva
Nationality of Target Fiji
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Gunfire and explosions were heard
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Sources differ in their reports of the number of dead and injured. Rebel demands are unknown, although one source states that they were afraid of being thrown out of the military due to their previous coup participation.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Rebel Military Unit No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 40
Number of Captured Perpetrators 11
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 5
"Fiji PM says military regains control of barracks," Reuters, November 2, 2000."
"Robert Keith-Reid, "Fijian army retakes control of military barracks," Associated Press, November 2, 2000."
"Two Fiji soldiers reportedly killed in gun battle," Dow Jones International News, November 2, 2000."