Incident Summary:

04/15/2014: Assailants attacked a mosque being used as a civilian shelter and abducted a number of people in Bentiu town, Unity state, South Sudan. At least 287 people were killed and 400 others were wounded in the attack. This was one of five attacks in Bentiu town on April 15, 2014. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).



South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Kalli-Ballee Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information There were an unknown number of hostages in this attack. An unknown number of hostages were released in this attack. An unknown number of hostages were killed in this attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 287 Fatalities / 400 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 287
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 400
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UN confirms hundreds slaughtered in S.Sudan atrocities," Agence France Presse -- English, January 9, 2015."
"S.Sudan Rebels Slaughter 'Hundreds' In Ethnic Massacres: UN," AFP (World Service), April 21, 2014."
"UN Reveals 353 Killed in South Sudan Attacks," VOA News, January 9, 2015."