Incident Summary:

09/01/2001: The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) launched an ambush attack on three vehicles in the Angolan Province of Cuanza Sul in the Cachoeiras area killing 32 people and injuring 52 others. The vehicles were traveling from the town of Gabela to Sumbe.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Cuanza Sul

Near Sumbe

Location Details:
The vehicles were traveling along a road in between the towns of Gabela and Sumbe.

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 Three vehicles carrying civilians in Cuanza Sul, 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
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
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 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 52 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 52
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Angola: 29 people killed, 52 wounded in UNITA attack in Cuanza Sul,” Luanda ANGOP, September 2, 2001.
“Angola: Survivors say bus ambushed on 1 Sep attacked by armed uniformed men,” Lusa News Agency, September 3, 2001.
“Angola: Number of passengers killed in UNITA bus attacks increases to 32,” Lusa News Agency, September 3, 2001.