Incident Summary:

08/14/2009: On Friday night around 2300, in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, Sudan, militants shot and killed Miriam Biringi, the Chairperson of the National Congress Party (NCP) Women's Desk, in her home. The motive for the attack was thought to have been rising election tensions between the National Congress Party and Sudan People's Liberation Movement. No material damage was reported and no group has claimed responsibility, but militia from Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLA) are suspected of carrying out the assassination. The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLA) denies the claim of responsibility.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Equatoria


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Congress Party
Specific Description A political party figure
Nationality of Target Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were 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
Additional Information The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLA) denies the claim of responsibility.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
BBC Monitoring Middle East, "Sudanese Ruling Party Wants Federal Agencies to Probe Murder of Official," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Middle East, August 17, 2009.
Reuters:, "Sudan Party Official Killed, North-South Tension," (August 17, 2009).
Jane's Intelligence,"Militants Kill Local Political Official in Southern Sudan," Terrorism Watch Report, August 18, 2009.