Incident Summary:

11/24/2017: Assailants attacked an American Refugees Committees (ARC) employee and civilians near the Ugandan-South Sudan border in Moyo, Northern region, Uganda. Two people, including the ARC worker, were beheaded and two other people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), which denied involvement.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Moyo

Location Details:
The incident occurred 3 kilometers from the border with South Sudan in the Mayo district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity American Refugees Committees
Specific Description Clinical Officer: Julius Taban
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Boda-Boda Driver: Muhammad Chandiga
Nationality of Target Uganda
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Morobi Zone II Camp
Specific Description Refugee Camp
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information The American Refugee Committees clinical officer is a South Sudan national. Two South Sudan refugees, Jackson Pena and Henry Geriga, were injured in the attack. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) accused government forces of carrying out the attack.
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 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Gunmen behead two on Uganda-South Sudan border," Uganda Daily Monitor, November 25, 2017."
"Rein in rogue elements at South Sudan border – Daily Monitor,", November 27, 2017."