Terrorism in South Sudan

The risk of terrorist attacks in South Sudan over the past years can be classified as high. Compared to other countries, it is still placed somewhere in the middle of a terrorism ranking. Over the past 5 years a total number of 133 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 1392 people have been killed and 927 injured.

In 42 incedents a total of 429 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (1 times) extorted.

Topic page: Terrorism


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Most frequent attack targets in South Sudan

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens62936356269
Government3418015372
NGO922121
Police8433714
Transportation829605
Business519250
Military598280
Journalists & Media51364
Utilities2500
Religious institutions22874002


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Jonglei2650419734
Upper Nile2312264152
Unity15388468100
Western Equatoria1114013
Eastern Equatoria9181725
Central Equatoria830570
Jubek820231
Yei River7502855
Western Bahr el Ghazal61562
Gbudwe6598
Warap452520
Lol28450
Amadi20030
Lakes24800
West Equatoria1100
Wau1011
Imatong1008
Warrap14100


Terrorist organisations in South Sudan

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
David Yau Yau Militia4919624
Mabanese Defence Forces3600
Islamic Movement for the Liberation of Raja28450
South Sudan Democratic Army10089
Nuer White Army1500


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.