Incident Summary:

10/08/2001: Members of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) kidnapped sixteen children as they were at church in Kiluanji, Kwanza-Norte province, Angola. The oldest of the children was fourteen, and the majority of the children were girls. The group did not claim responsibility for the kidnapping, but the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) condemned the attack.

GTD ID:
200110080005

When:
2001-10-08

Country:
Angola

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Cuanza Norte

City:
Kiluanji

Location Details:
A Catholic church in Kiluanji

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Children attending church in Kiluanji
Specific Description Sixteen children at church
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 16
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
Weapon Details
No weapon detail was provided.
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) 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
"Angolan rebels kidnap 16 children," Xinhua News Agency, October 17, 2001."
"Angola; Unita rebels kidnap 16 children," Africa News, October 11, 2001."