Incident Summary:

06/15/2016: Assailants opened fire on Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers in Raja, Lol, South Sudan. The assailants also set fire to the residence of the local governor. At least 41 people, including seven soldiers, 20 civilians, and 14 assailants, were killed and five other people were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities attributed the attack to the Islamic Movement for the Liberation of Raja and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Source also suspected that the incident may have been carried out by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).

GTD ID:
201606150025

When:
2016-06-15

Country:
South Sudan

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Lol

City:
Raja

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Raja
Specific Description Residence of Governor: Hassan
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Raja Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. The victims included Captain Deng Akuei Diing. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been carried out by Sudanese security forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic Movement for the Liberation of Raja No
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) No
Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 41 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Raid on South Sudan State Capital Killed 41, Official Says," Bloomberg, June 20, 2016."
"South Sudan armed men killed several SPLA officers in Raja," Sudan Tribune, June 17, 2016."
"Heavy fighting breaks out in S. Sudan’s Raja town," Sudan Tribune, June 15, 2016."