Incident Summary:

10/21/2009: On Wednesday morning, around 1100, in the village of Kor al-Madinah, near Wau, Western Bahr al-Ghazal, Sudan, militants attacked with unknown firearms, a refugee camp for Darfur displaced persons, killing five people including three police, injuring several others and kidnapping around 21 people. No motive for the attack was reported and no additional information concerning the hostages was available. No group has claimed responsibility, but the group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is thought to be responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Western Bahr el Ghazal

Near Wau

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the village of Kor al-Madinah.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A refugee camp for Darfur displaced persons
Nationality of Target Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 21
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 A unknown number of civilians were injured in the attack.
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 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
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
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"Sudan Tribune, "LRA Kill Five People in South Sudan's Raja County," LexisNexis Academic,, October 23, 2009."
"BBC Monitoring Middle East, "Ugandan Rebels Kill Five People in Southern Sudan State - Says Army Official," LexisNexis Academic, BBC Monitoring Middle East, October 23, 2009."