Incident Summary:

08/25/2017: Assailants released a toxic gas at the Jehovah's Witnesses "Don't Give Up!" 2017 Regional Convention in Luanda, Angola. At least 405 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). The sources stated that the attack was carried out because members of the church did not vote in the recent presidential election.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Gamek neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Jehovah's Witnesses “Don’t Give Up!” 2017 Regional Convention
Nationality of Target Angola
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
A poisonous gas was 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 405 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 405
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Assailants attack witnesses with toxic gas at regional convention," Nigeria Punch, August 31, 2017.
"Jehovah's Witnesses attacked with poisonous gas, 400 delegates faint [PHOTOS]," DailyPost, August 29, 2017.
"Poisonous gas affects over 400 members in Angola,", August 28, 2017.