Incident Summary:

03/04/2002: Seven people were killed and three were wounded after an attack by suspected National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels in the Chiede commune, in Namacunde municipality, Cunene Province, Angola. The rebels also kidnapped three civilians, including one nurse. No information was available regarding their release. According to local government sources, the attack was carried out by sixty rebels who wielded AKM assault rifles and 80mm mortar shells.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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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 Indiscriminate civilians in the Chiede commune, in Namacunde municipality in Cunene Province, Angola
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
The rebels wielded AKM assault rifles and 80mm mortar shells in the incident.
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 There was only one source was found for this particular incident.
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 7 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“UNITA kills seven, wound three others in attack on Chiede in Cunene,” ANGOP, March 4, 2002.