Incident Summary:

08/19/2020: Assailants attacked a motorcade carrying bodyguards for Vice President James Wani Igga in Lobonok, Central Equatoria, South Sudan. Six bodyguards were killed and two others were injured in the attack. Additionally, one bodyguard was abducted and the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. The National Salvation Front (NAS) claimed responsibility for the incident.



South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Central Equatoria


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of South Sudan
Specific Description Motorcade of Vice President: James Wani Igga
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 the bodyguards of Igga.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Salvation Front (NAS) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
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
"Heavy troop presence in South Sudan’s Equatoria region," Journal du Cameroun, August 26, 2020.
"DR. IGGA-Six bodyguards killed in Lobonok," Juba Monitor, August 21, 2020.
"Bodyguards of South Sudan's VP killed in road ambush," Xinhua News Agency, August 20, 2020.