Incident Summary:

05/10/2005: The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) held 13 African Union peacekeepers hostage for two days in Umm Sawnah, Sudan. Mediators were successful in persuading the group to free the hostages unharmed.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Darfur

Umm Sawnah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity African Union
Specific Description African Union Peacekeepers in Umm Sawnah
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 13
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Sudan’s Darfur Rebel Group Releases AU Hostages,” Republic of Sudan Radio, May 12, 2005.
“Darfur Rebel Factions said Holding Several AU Soldiers Hostage,” Suna, May 11, 2005.