Incident Summary:

07/08/2015: Assailants kidnapped twelve Senegalese forest workers in Sam-Samba Forest, Sedhiou region, Senegal. The victims were released on July 12, 2015 after assailants demanded a ransom payment. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the abduction to the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Forest Workers
Nationality of Target Senegal
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 17000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Kidnappers free 12 loggers in Senegal's Casamance: army,", July 12, 2015.
"Senegal: State PAS Press Summary 10 July 2015," Dakar US Embassy Public Affairs Office, July 10, 2015.