Incident Summary:

08/14/2001: A village near Lubango, in Huila Province, Angola was infiltrated by National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) members and the perpetrators opened fire on the homes. Another nearby village was also attacked in a similar fashion. In the two related attacks, 20 victims were taken to a hospital in Lubango of whom 10 died of their wounds.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Lubango

Location Details:
This incident occurred in a village near Lubango, Angola.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in a village near Lubango, Angola
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200108140023-24). The casualty statistics for these incidents were reported culmulatively, so the figures have been divided equally across both cases in order to preserve the statistical accuracy of the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“New attack in Angola, blamed on UNITA, kills 10,” Agence France Presse, August 16, 2001.
“Doom & Gloom,” MX (Melbourne, Australia), August 17, 2001.
“Angola; New Attack Kills 10,” Africa News, August 17, 2001.