Incident Summary:

02/08/2013: Heavily armed perpetrators attacked villagers migrating with their cattle in Walgak village, Akobo county, Jonglei, South Sudan. More than 100 people died and 14 additional individuals were injured in the fighting. Authorities suspected that the ethnic Murle tribe, particularly the anti-government group, David Yau Yau Militia, was responsible for the incident.



South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Along The Sobat River, Akobo County

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Cattle Herders
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades, automatic firearms, machetes, and spears were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been the result of fighting between rival tribes.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
David Yau Yau Militia (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 103 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 103
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 17
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Scores slain in South Sudan cattle raid: governor," Agence France Presse, February 10, 2013."
"103 said killed in South Sudan cattle raid clash," Associated Press Online, February 10, 2013."
"Over 100 slain in cattle raid in South Sudan: governor," Agence France Presse -- English, February 10, 2013."