Incident Summary:

05/19/2011: On Thursday night, in Abyei, Janub Kurdufan, Sudan, unidentified militants opened fire on a convoy of armed forces and United Nations Mission in the Sudan peacekeepers while they were leaving to the Goli area, wounding two security force personnel and killing 22 soldiers. No group claimed responsibility, although the Sudan People's Liberation Army was thought to be responsible.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Kordofan

Near Abyei

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Goli village.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations Mission in Sudan
Specific Description United Nations Mission in Sudan peacekeepers were targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sudan Armed Forces
Specific Description Military forces
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
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 22 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “Unidentified Militants Ambush Combined Security Convoy in Sudan's Abyei,” Terrorism Watch Report, Al Jazeera and Reuters, May 20, 2011.
Sudan Tribune, "Sudan Army Claims SPLA Launched Deadly Attack in Abyei," LexisNexis Academic, Sudan Tribune, May 20, 2011.
Xinhua News Agency, "Twenty-Two Soldiers Killed by SPLA in Sudan's Abyei: Army," LexisNexis Academic, Xinhua News Agency, May 20, 2011.