Incident Summary:

09/03/2009: On Thursday, in Sudan, assailants set fire to two of the houses of Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) Maliouk battalion leaders, killing the leader's wife. The second house targeted in the attacks belonged to another officer who was the leader's neighbor. Twenty SPLA soldiers were also detained in the attack. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) was responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



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: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)
Specific Description Maliouk Battalion Members
Nationality of Target Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 20
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
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) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information It is unclear if the soldiers were released after the attack. The status of the soldiers is unknown.
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
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Civilian Killed in Arson by Suspected SPLM/SPLA in Sudan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 14, 2010.
BBC Monitoring Middle East, "South Sudan Army Detains 20 Members Link to Breakaway Party," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Middle East, September 03, 2009.