Incident Summary:

01/31/2019: Assailants armed with machetes attacked civilians near Yei, Yei River, South Sudan. At least five people were killed and one person was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Salvation Front (NAS), which denied involvement.



South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Yei River

Near Yei

Location Details:
The incident occurred about 7 miles southwest of Yei.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target South Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Machetes 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The National Salvation Front (NAS) accused the South Sudanese military of carrying out the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Salvation Front (NAS) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five Civilians Killed in South Sudan; Government, Rebels Trade Blame ," VOA News, February 1, 2019.