Incident Summary:

08/20/2001: Members of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola( UNITA) perpetrated an attack on the village of Aynha do Norte, Angola. Nine people were killed and 14 injured. The assailants burned 28 homes and stole food and medicine.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Lobito

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians and Property in Aynha do Norte, Angola
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 town had been chosen by Angola's state-owned oil company, Sonangol, as the site for a new oil refinery to be built the next year. The Angolan government receives much of its revenue from oil.
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 9 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Doom & Gloom,” MX (Melbourne, Australia), August 21, 2001.
“Radio reports UNITA rebels attacked site of planned oil refinery; nine killed,” The Associated Press, August 21, 2001.