Incident Summary:

03/10/2017: Assailants abducted eight Samaritan's Purse aid workers near Mayendit, Unity district, Southern Liech, South Sudan. The hostages were released unharmed on March 14, 2017. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), which denied involvement.

GTD ID:
201703130027

When:
2017-03-10

Country:
South Sudan

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Southern Liech

City:
Near Mayendit

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Unity district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Samaritan's Purse
Specific Description Aid Workers
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 8
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
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 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
Sources
"Detained workers released, says S Sudan aide group," Qatar Tribune, March 15, 2017."
"South Sudan rebels kidnap eight aid workers: army official," Sudan Tribune, March 13, 2017."
"Six aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush: UN," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, March 26, 2017."