Incident Summary:

04/01/2002: Suspected members of the Angolan rebel group National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) abducted three Zambians from the town of Sikongo in Zambia. Approximately 15 rebels attacked the villagers, and raped one of the abducted women before kidnapping them. They are believed to have been held in Angola. They have not been released, and the reasons for the abduction are unknown.

GTD ID:
200204010002

When:
2002-04-01

Country:
Zambia

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western

City:
Sikongo

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 Civilians in Sikongo
Nationality of Target Zambia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 15
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
"Zambia:Angolan Rebels Accused of Abducting Three Zambians in West," BBC Monitoring International Reports, 04/02/2002."
"Bivan Saluseki, "AAGM: UNITA Rebels Abduct Three Foreigners," The Post, 04/02/2002."