Incident Summary:

04/28/2002: Approximately 12 people dressed in military fatigues and black masks attacked Soya Village near the city of Ambon. 30 homes and a Protestant church were destroyed and 12 villagers were killed. The motive for the attack was unknown.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Citizens of Soya Village
Nationality of Target
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description A Protestant church in Soya village
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
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
"Indonesia: At least 12 Killed on Ambon - Jakarta dispatch," Radio Australia, 04/28/2002.
"AFP: At least 12 reportedly killed in Renewed violence in Indonesia's Ambon City," Agence France Presse, 04/28/2002.
"Mob kills 12 Christians in Indonesian violence," San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 04/29/2002.