Incident Summary:

08/15/2001: A fishing vessel owned by the Salma Development and Services Co. was hijacked by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and nine members of the crew were taken hostage. The boat was returning from Lake No near Wang Kai on the White Nile in Unity State, Sudan at the time of the attack. An SPLA spokesman claimed that a steamer and two motor boats belonging to El Salaam Petroleum Company had been captured.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Wangkei

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Salma Development and Services Company
Specific Description Fishing Vessel owned by the Salma Development and Services Company on the White Nile, Unity State, Sudan
Nationality of Target Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
“Sudanese rebels claim capture of oil company steamer, army,” Agence France Presse, August 18, 2001.
“Sudan; Khartoum Denies Rebel Claim of Success,” Africa News, August 21, 2001.
“Sudan firm says ‘oil boat’ captured by rebels was fishing vessel,” Agence France Presse, August 20, 2001.