Incident Summary:

11/09/2007: Tribesmen with firearms attacked a police squad in Nipa, Papua New Guinea, taking six officers hostage. After holding the officers for an hour, the tribesmen took the officers' weapons and released them.



Papua New Guinea

Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:

South Highlands


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Nipa Police Forces
Specific Description Police Officers
Nationality of Target Papua New Guinea
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 1
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
Additional Information The hostages were released but the tribesmen took their weapons.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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 0
Andrew Alphonse, "Papua New Guinea tribesmen steal police guns in hostage incident," The National, November 12, 2007.
"PNG: Police in Firefight with Tribesmen at Nipa, Southern Highlands Province," The National, November 13, 2007.