Incident Summary:

03/12/2017: Assailants attacked civilians in Gog, Gambela, Ethiopia. At least 28 people were killed and 43 children were abducted between this and an attack in Jor on the next day. Six of the hostages were rescued on March 16, 2017, while the fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Murle Tribe.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Zone 2.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Ethiopia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 22
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
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
Additional Information Casualty and hostage numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and kidnapped across incidents 201703120020 and 201703130026.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Murle Tribe No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ethiopian army frees six children kidnapped by South Sudan gunmen," United News of India, March 17, 2017."
"South Sudan gunmen 'kill 28' in Ethiopia," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), March 16, 2017."
"South Sudan gunmen 'kill 28' in Ethiopia," BBC, March 15, 2017."