Incident Summary:

11/21/2011: Suspected members of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance killed eleven civilians near the village of Diagnon, Ziguinchor Region, Senegal. Approximately 24 villagers had gone to cut wood in the forest; eleven villagers were shot and killed when the suspected separatists attacked the group. Specific motive behind the attack is unknown; however, members of the separatist group are believed to be taking a more predatory stance towards small communities in the area.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Diagnon village, approximately 30 kilometres from Ziguinchor, in the Casamance region

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Villagers from Diagnon
Nationality of Target Senegal
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Two sources state at least ten villagers were killed; a third source states that eleven bodies were eventually found. In addition, one source suggests that there are still villagers missing.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
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
"At least 10 killed in restive southern Senegal region," Agence France Presse, November 21, 2011.
Sebastian Boe, "Casamance Rebels Suspected of Civilian Killings in Southern Senegal," IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis, November 22, 2011.
"11 corpses discovered in Senegal's Casamance forest," Xinhua News Agency, November 22, 2011.