Incident Summary:

08/12/2009: On Wednesday, in Ezo, Gharb al Istiwa'iyah, Sudan, assailants attacked the town by unknown means, killing two people, wounding three others, and kidnapping 10 children from a local church. The assailants also looted food and other items and burned several homes. The status of the hostages is unknown. No motive for the attack was reported and no group claimed responsibility, but it was widely believed the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Equatoria


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A village
Nationality of Target Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack. An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
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
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Two People Killed, Three Others Wounded, Ten Children Kidnapped by Suspected LRA in Gharb al Istiwa'iyah, Sudan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 15, 2010."
", "Sudanese Bishop Asks for International Support to Stop LRA Attacks," (September 23, 2009)."