Incident Summary:

2/2/2002: Members of National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) attacked the port town of Baia Farta, Benguela province, Angola. 14 people were killed in the attack, including three of the assailants. Approximately ten civilians were injured as well. The attackers looted stores and private residences around the town. Before fleeing, UNITA stole 50 head of livestock and adbucted at least 40 residents. Two of the assailants were captured by security forces.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Baia Farta

Location Details:
The port town of Baia Farta, near Benguela, 450 kilometers south of Luanda

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Residents of Baia Farta town
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 40
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was made.
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 Sources provide different accounts for the number of fatalities and abductees. Fatality estimates range from 10 to 40. The number of abductees range from 40 to 100.
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 14 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two UNITA attacks in Angola leave at least 15 dead," Agence France Presse, February 3, 2002.
"Rebel raid on Angolan port town leaves 10 dead: television," Agence France Presse, February 4, 2002.
"Fourteen killed in attack on Angolan village," Reuters News, February 4, 2002.