Incident Summary:

01/25/2015: Assailants opened fire on the convoy of County Commissioner James Benjamin near Raga town, Western Bahr el Ghazal state, South Sudan. At lease 11 people, including four journalists, were killed and at least four people were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed it to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

GTD ID:
201501250027

When:
2015-01-25

Country:
South Sudan

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Western Bahr el Ghazal

City:
Near Raga

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Raja
Specific Description Convoy of Commissioner: James Benjamin
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Raja Radio; Radio Wau; South Sudan TV
Specific Description Journalists
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Kalashnikovs and PKM machine guns 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"South Sudan: 11 Killed, Four Wounded in Brutal Attack," VOA News, January 26, 2015."
"13 killed in S. Sudan ambush, army blames LRA," World Bulletin, January 26, 2015."
"11 killed, scores injured in S. Sudan ambush," Sudan Tribune, January 27, 2015."