Incident Summary:

10/14/2016: Assailants attacked government positions in Malakal, Upper Nile, South Sudan. At least 56 assailants were killed in the ensuing clash. Agwelek Forces claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Upper Nile


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Agwelek Forces Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 56 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 56
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Fresh Fighting in South Sudan Kills 50," BBC World Service, October 17, 2016.
"South Sudan: Fighting around South Sudan town of Malakal kills 56, says government," Thai News Service, October 19, 2016.
"Fighting breaks out between army, rebels near South Sudan state capital," Radio Tamazuj Online, October 14, 2016.