Incident Summary:

2/1/2001: Suspected members of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) attacked a village approximately 10 kilometers outside of the provincial capital of Uige, Uige province, Angola. The assailants then lobbed several mortars at Uige from their village vantage point. At least five people were killed and 38 were injured in the attack. An unknown number of youth were abducted and civilian property was looted.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Uige

Location Details:
A village approximately 10 kilometers outside Uige

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians and civilian property
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of Uige
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
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 Sources provide different accounts on how the incident ended: the attackers either voluntarily withdrew or were repelled by government forces. In addition, although the mortars were fired from the village, it is unclear whether the assailants then advanced into the capital.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 38 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 38
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five killed in suspected rebel attack in Angola," Associated Press, February 1, 2001."
"Angola UNITA rebel attack kills five - Lusa," Reuters, February 1, 2001."
"Angolan govt. troops repel rebel attack," Xinhua News Agency, February 2, 2001."