Incident Summary:

04/11/2010: On Sunday, near Nyala, Darfur, Sudan, unidentified assailants kidnapped by unknown means, four South African United Nations-African Union Mission for Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers. No casualties or damages were reported. The four Sudanese UNAMID peacekeepers where later released on 04/26/2010. No group claimed responsibility although People's Democratic Struggle Movement rebels were suspected.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Darfur

Near Nyala

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)
Specific Description South African peacekeepers
Nationality of Target South Africa
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 15
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 450000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Democratic Struggle Movement (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
PANA, "Sudan: UNAMID Says Kidnapped South African Peacekeepers Return to Darfur," World News Connection, PANA, June 5, 2010.
Agence France Presse, "Four South African Peacekeepers Kidnapped in Sudan Released 26 Apr," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, April 26, 2010.
Reuters, "Kidnapped Darfur Peacekeepers Make First Contact," Reuters, April 16, 2010,