Incident Summary:

07/16/2017: Assailants armed with knives attacked Roger Palme at a church in Sipil, Jiwaka, Papua New Guinea. Palme, a Jiwaka provincial candidate and former Member of Parliament, and his brother were beaten and taken to a nearby town before being rescued by police. An unknown group claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded that Palme retract a recent petition that he had submitted.



Papua New Guinea

Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Specific Description Former Member of Parliament: Roger Palme
Nationality of Target Papua New Guinea
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Bush knives and sticks were used in the attack.
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 The victims included Petrus Kamben.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Police condemns attack on Jiwaka regional candidate," Post-Courier, July 16, 2017.