Incident Summary:

09/15/2001: National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) members were suspected of kidnapping an unknown number of Kavango villagers in the Lighuyu area of Namibia, one hundred thirty-five kilometers east of Rundu. UNITA did not claim responsibility for the kidnappings.

GTD ID:
200109150002

When:
2001-09-15

Country:
Namibia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kavango

City:
Unknown

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Villagers from Kavango
Nationality of Target Namibia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
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 incident occurred in the same area where Namibia's Basic Education Ministry's Department of Culture and Lifelong Learning was conducting literacy day celebrations.
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 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
Sources
"Namibia: UNITA ‘Bandits’ Reportedly Abduct Kavango Villagers,” NAMP, September 15, 2001."