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ID Month Day Year Sort ascending ISO Country UN INGO ICRC NRCS and IFRC NNGO Other Nationals killed Nationals wounded Nationals kidnapped Total national staff Internationals killed Internationals wounded Internationals kidnapped Total international staff Total victims Gender Male Gender Female Gender Unknown Means of attack Attack context Location Latitude Longitude Actor type Actor name Details Verified Source
3136 Jan 2 2021 NG Nigeria 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.813158 12.564924 Non-state armed group: Regional Boko Haram One male humanitarian NGO staff member was reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram while traveling from Damaturu to Maiduguri, near Matari village. He was released on June 14. Pending Media
3228 Feb 20 2020 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.95 68.7 Non-state armed group: National Taliban One UN humanitarian agency national staff member was ambushed by the Tablian on the Pul-e Khumari - Kabul road while travelling to a funeral in a private vehicle. He was released after 26 hours.  Yes Focal Point
3238 Feb 25 2020 HT Haiti 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Road 18.533333 -72.333333 Criminal Unknown One female international UN staff member was kidnapped in Port au Prince and held for 2 days.  Yes Focal Point
3241 Jul 27 2020 ML Mali 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.756984 -4.221508 Unknown Unknown 2 UN national staff members were kidnapped after their boat travelling on the river between Mopti and Timbuktu carrying food was ambushed by unknown armed men. They were released 3 days later. Yes Focal Point
2917 Jan 12 2019 YE Yemen 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 27.0365406 14.4290236 Non-state armed group: Subnational Tuareg tribe Three UN agency contracted truck drivers were kidnapped by a NSAG suspected to be connected with the Tuarge tribe. They were held until January 19 and released after negotiations. Yes Focal Point
2825 Dec 27 2019 CD DR Congo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown -4.104123 29.094035 Non-state armed group: Subnational Unknown One UN international staff member was kidnapped along with 2 other private security guards (not counted here) in Baraka, South Kivu. Media reports indicate the armed perpetrators, part of a South Kivu militia, requested ransom for their release. All three individuals were released on December 30, 2019. Yes ACLED
2853 Mar 11 2019 SS South Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 4.846687 31.852221 Criminal Unknown One UN agency contracted truck driver carrying commodities was ambushed by unknown criminal elements near Mogiri on the Juba-Terekeka road to Bor. He was kidnapped and held for three days, released on March 13. Yes Focal Point
2855 May 16 2019 CD DR Congo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road -3.3728836 29.1448793 Criminal Unknown One UN agency contracted truck driver was ambushed on the road 55km north of Uvira near the villages of Bwegera by unknown criminal perpetrators. The driver was kidnapped and held for ransom for two days and then released. Yes Focal Point
2364 Jan 12 2018 LY Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 27.036541 14.429024 Unknown Unknown Two UN agency employees and their driver have all been found after having been kidnapped on January 12th from Sabha. The driver was found on Sunday and the female UN worker was found in the northern suburbs of Sabha. The male national UN staffer (not counted here at this time until further information becomes available) was found on Saturday near Sabha city. Yes Media
2370 Jan 20 2018 YE Yemen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.369445 44.191007 Unknown Unknown One male UN agency staff member was led out of his car at gunpoint and abducted. His wife was in the car at the time of the incident as well but only the staff member was taken. The perpetrator was wearing a mask at the time of the incident. At the time of this report, the staff member's whereabouts were unknown. Reports regarding this incident are currently unconfirmed. Yes Media
2404 Apr 25 2018 SS South Sudan 3 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 10 2 0 8 Kidnapping Ambush Road 4.095271 30.677505 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Ten aid workers were abducted from a mixed-agency convoy that was travelling just outside Yei town in Central Equatorial. They were on their way to Tore to conduct a humanitarian needs assessment. Three of the aid workers are from two different UN agencies, one from a national NGO and six from three different INGOs. The team was reportedly being held in Minyori by an armed group. All ten aid workers were detained for more than five days before being released on April 30th. Yes Official Report
2510 Aug 3 2018 CD DR Congo 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road -1.398474 28.814284 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Seven UN local implementing partners were abducted in North Kivu on August 2nd, 2018. The convoy of two vehicles was stopped by armed assailants East of Masisi center. The Congolese nationals were kidnapped but the two drivers and their vehicles were released. On August 3rd, two of the seven staff members were released after being seriously assaulted. They were treated for their wounds in Masisi. Reportedly a ransom has been requested for the remaining staff members. Yes Official Report
2368 Jul 11 2017 SS South Sudan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Combat/Crossfire Public location 7.471389 30.415 Non-state armed group: National Sudan People's Liberation Army-in-Opposition (SPLA-IO) Three contractors for a UN agency were detained by Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLA-IO) upon their arrival in Pagak after fleeing heavy fighting in Mathiang on July 6th. According to some reports, they are still being held by the group. Yes Focal Point
2451 Mar 29 2017 MM Myanmar 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Public location 25.395724 97.399952 Non-state armed group: National Kachin Independence Army (KIA) One UN contracted off-duty guard was abducted by a KIA battalion that forcibly tried to recruit him into their army. This occurred in the Hparew village which is 16 kilometers west of Mytikyina. UNDSS and the local KLA liaison officer were involved in securing his release, which occurred on April 1st, 2017. Yes Focal Point
2467 Jul 14 2017 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Public location 34.473946 67.349694 Non-state armed group: National Taliban One UN driver was abducted north of Dahwali, Afghanistan, in AGE controlled territory. He was released three days later on July 16th after the intervention of local elders. Yes Focal Point
2470 Sep 15 2017 NG Nigeria 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 7.265136 5.460296 Unknown Unknown On September 15th, one UN national staff member and a driver were ambushed by armed robbers between Akure and Ibadan, resulting in the death of the driver and the kidnapping of the female staff member. She was released on September 18th, 2017. Yes Focal Point
2476 May 2 2017 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 31.391389 64.299722 Non-state armed group: National Unknown A truck contracted by a UN agency partner was transporting commodities and was stopped by armed Anti Government Elements in Khalaj. The driver was held hostage for several days and released on May 12th. Yes Focal Point
2477 Jun 15 2017 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Project site 33.316667 68.45 Non-state armed group: National Taliban One UN agency and one NGO staff member that were working together on a monitoring mission were abducted by the local Taliban group. They were taken and held in Andar district in Ghazni province. They were interviewed by the provincial council and then one of the staff members was brought back to Waghaz and released on June 17th. The other had escaped earlier that day. Yes Focal Point
2478 Sep 20 2017 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 33.316667 68.45 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Anti-government elements diverted one out of three UN agency contracted trucks that were heading to Barmal district to an unknown location, off-loaded the items from the truck and reportedly sold them at the market. They kidnapped the truck driver but released him on September 29th. Yes Focal Point
2479 Oct 28 2017 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 33.307049 62.136421 Non-state armed group: National Taliban One UN agency contracted commercial truck carrying relief items was stopped and diverted by AGE in Shindad district of Herat province. Reportedly the truck driver and the truck was taken to the AGEs stronghold but the driver and the truck were later released on November 18th. Yes Focal Point
2097 Jun 13 2016 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.152872 23.192139 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Armed men carjacked a UN-contracted truck with three drivers in the Azoum area of Um Shalaiya. One of the drivers was released after negotiations. on June 27, 2016, in El Geneina, West Darfur. Another driver managed to escape during the ambush and the perpetrators released the second shortly after the abduction. Yes Official Report
2100 Jun 5 2016 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Project site 33.8 69.083333 Non-state armed group: National Taliban A demining team (UN agency partner) was attacked by anti-government elements during a range clearing operation. AGE set fire to seven vehicles and abducted the team leader. Yes Official Report
2145 Jun 27 2016 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 35.852357 66.52239 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable In Dehmerda village, one UN contracted polio personnel was abducted by gunmen along with one NGO staff member, a government health department employee (not counted here), and a local driver (not currently counted). Yes Official Report
2170 Apr 14 2016 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 2.826288 40.946045 Non-state armed group: Regional Al Shabaab A contracted driver for a UN agency was abducted by suspected Al Shabaab fighters near Likoley and Elade, Gedo region in Somalia while carrying humanitarian supplies to a distribution site. The truck was looted. As a result of this incident, deliveries of humanitarian supplies have not resumed to those areas. The driver was released after one week. Yes Focal Point
2185 Apr 19 2016 AF Afghanistan 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Project site 33.895519 68.763192 Non-state armed group: National Unknown A demining team was attacked by anti-government forces in Kotagay village in Saydabad district. Seven members of the team were abducted. The perpetrators and their motive are unknown. The team was an implementing partner of a UN agency. Yes Official Report
2187 Nov 23 2016 AF Afghanistan 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 Kidnapping Ambush Road 34.183333 64.616667 Non-state armed group: National Unknown Four UN contracted staff members were abducted from two vehicles when they were stopped and diverted in the Barkhol area of Shahrak District by anti-government elements (AGE). The drivers and the vehicles were released; the staff members are still missing. Yes Official Report
2189 Nov 27 2016 SD Sudan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.447898 22.464908 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable A vehicle with three UN staff members, two international and one national staff, was stopped by unidentified gunmen in El-Geneina around Al Tadamon. The perpetrators forced the staff into their vehicle and abducted them. All the staff members were released after 23 days in captivity. Yes Official Report
2291 Feb 27 2016 AF Afghanistan 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Project site 33.8 69.083333 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Seven contracted staff from a UN partner agency were abducted in Altamur, Logar province from their work site. All of them were released within a few days after facilitated negotiations by the local shura. Yes Focal Point
2050 Jan 27 2016 AF Afghanistan 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 31.829949 31.829949 Non-state armed group: National Unknown A UN implementing partner was attacked by anti-government elements in Nahr Sarraj district near Greshk town. Four team members were killed and one was kidnapped and later released with the aid of the local community leaders. Yes Official Report
1892 Jan 6 2015 SS South Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 9.788911 28.412623 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Five armed men attacked a team of 8 UN contractors that were working on a demining project and hijacked their vehicle. The driver was kidnapped and found unharmed on 8th January. Yes Official Report
1963 Mar 15 2015 SS South Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 9.92 29.98 Unknown Unknown A UN contracted truck traveling as part of a convoy was ambushed on Pariang road. The driver was kidnapped and released 3 weeks later with non-life threatening wounds that were later treated. Yes Official Report
1966 Apr 12 2015 SO Somalia 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 3.062778 41.648056 Non-state armed group: Regional Al Shabaab According to a local media report, 3 aid workers for an INGO, 2 UN contracted staff from a private company, and 2 private company staff members (not counted here), were kidnapped in Gedo by armed gunmen thought to be part of Al Shabaab. The aid workers were allegedly abducted between Garilley and Fafahdun towns and taken to Bardere. They were all released on different dates with the help of local elders and the last release of the INGO staff members took place on June 14th. Yes Media
1980 Apr 23 2015 CD DR Congo 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road -1.305887 29.380188 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Three UN contracted demining personnel were abducted on Goma-Rutshuru road in North Kivu province by armed gunmen. Yes Official Report
2046 Dec 30 2015 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 14.202517 24.663825 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable A contracted driver for the UN, who was delivering relief supplies, was abducted in the Kutum area of North Darfur on 30th December, 2015. He was freed on January 25th, 2016. Yes Official Report
1826 Sep 15 2014 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 34.730833 36.709444 Unknown Unknown One UN staff member was abducted on the Damascus-Aleppo Road. Yes Official Report
1857 Nov 12 2014 SD Sudan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 12.628174 22.504846 Unknown Unknown Two UN-contracted drivers (including seven loaders, not counted here) were kidnapped while transporting food and relief items; the two trucks were also taken. UPDATE: The seven loaders were released the next day, the two drivers were released on 18 November 2014, and the trucks have been recoverd. Yes Official Report
1632 Jan 2 2014 CM Cameroon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Project site 4.976647 14.042994 Aid recipient Refugees Two UN staff members were held against their will by refugees who believed the presence of the UN would prevent an attack by local villagers (the refugees feared a retaliatory attack as there was an altercation between the two parties on 1 January 2014). One UN staff member was released on 3 January 2014, and the other on 4 January 2014. Yes Official Report
1633 Jan 3 2014 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 2.795825 44.077254 Non-state armed group: Regional Al Shabaab A national polio worker contracted by the UN was abducted by suspected Al Shabaab near Buur Hakaba. It appears that Al Shabaab believed those associated with the polio campaign to be spies. Yes Official Report
1642 Jan 18 2014 AF Afghanistan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 32.073333 64.833889 Non-state armed group: National Unknown Three members of a UN-contracted demining team were stopped on the road and abducted by anti-government forces. UPDATE: The deminers were released on 5 February after tribal elders intervened. Yes Official Report
1665 Mar 26 2014 AF Afghanistan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 32.102489 66.920229 Non-state armed group: National Unknown Three UN-contracted deminers, while traveling in a private vehicle, were abducted at gunpoint by anti-government elements. UPDATE: All three were freed unharmed on 31 March in Shinkay District. Yes Official Report
1948 Feb 8 2014 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Unknown 33.483333 36.35 Unknown Unknown One national aid worker was kidnapped by unknown assailants in Jaramana, Syria. He was released in Beirut 15 days later on February 23, 2014 after negotiations took place between the kidnappers and his family. Yes Focal Point
1949 Jul 6 2014 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Project site 33.55 68.416667 Non-state armed group: National Unknown One UN partner was kidnapped by anti-government elements while monitoring a program in Isfandeh village, Ghazni city. He was released on 9th July 2014 after tribal leaders were involved in the negotiations for his release. Yes Focal Point
1950 Jan 22 2014 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.919424 24.933643 Unknown Unknown A UN contracted truck driver was kidnapped off the road between Nyala and Gereida while driving a truck filled with provisions. The truck was also taken. The driver was subsequently released. Yes Focal Point
1953 Feb 1 2014 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.703257 25.649257 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable A UN contracted truck driver and his truck was hijacked off of a convoy by an unknown armed group while en-route from Ed Daien to Nyala. The driver fled the area. Yes Focal Point
1954 May 5 2014 AF Afghanistan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Project site 33.176237 68.095446 Non-state armed group: National Unknown Two UN-contracted truck drivers were kidnapped while off-loading provisions from their truck by anti-government elements (AGE). AGE elements assaulted the truck drivers and forced them to reload the truck before taking the trucks and drivers to an unknown location. The drivers were released with the trucks (but not the commodities) after three days of negotiations with community leaders. Yes Focal Point
1772 Jun 18 2014 SD Sudan 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 Kidnapping Ambush Road 14.201859 24.663781 Unknown Unknown Two INGO national staff members and one local UN consultant were abducted while traveling to Kutum. A third INGO staffer, the driver, was also abducted but later released. The vehicle was later abandoned. UPDATE: The two INGO staff and the UN consultant were released on 19 July 2014. Yes Official Report
1797 Jul 6 2014 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 12.05 24.883333 Non-state armed group: Regional Janjaweed One UN international staff member was abducted by gunmen on a Land Cruiser. UPDATE: he was released on 25 July 2014. Yes Official Report
1588 Oct 6 2013 YE Yemen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 15.306405 44.1896 Unknown Unknown A UN international staff member was ambushed and kidnapped by armed men while he was in his vehicle. UPDATE: He was released on 8 November 2014. Yes Official Report
1596 Oct 30 2013 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 12.699185 24.99564 Unknown Unknown A UN contractor was carjacked and abducted by unknown criminals while driving along the Nyala-El Fasher road. Yes Official Report
1600 Nov 19 2013 AF Afghanistan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 34.092538 70.469295 Criminal Unknown Three national staff members of a UN implementing partner were abducted by an unknown armed group. They were released the next day with the help of tribal elders. Yes Official Report
1625 Dec 7 2013 AF Afghanistan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 32.308525 64.813115 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable One UN contractor de-mining staff member was abducted by unknown gunmen in Musa Qala District. Yes Official Report
1746 Mar 17 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 34.88509 38.872152 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Two UN-contracted drivers were abducted by unknown armed groups, who robbed the drivers of their personal belongings and stole the contents of the trucks' cargo. It appears that the owner of the trucks paid a ransom and that the drivers were released. Yes Focal Point
1747 Mar 31 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 36.071229 36.970299 Unknown Unknown Three UN-contracted drivers transporting food rations were abducted by unknown armed men. One was released, but the other two are still being held. The perpetrators refuse to return the food rations. Yes Focal Point
1750 Jun 28 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.677839 36.708053 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Two UN-contracted drivers were stopped by armed groups near Ma'ar Shoreen and forced to drive to an area close to Jabal az Zawiyah, where they were held. All food rations were taken from the trucks. The drivers and the trucks were released on 30 June 2013. Yes Focal Point
1751 Jun 29 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.383945 36.69235 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable One UN-contracted driver was stopped nearby Morek area by an unknown armed group. He was then taken to Jabal az Zawiyah, where he was held for seven days and his documents and mobile phone confiscated. He was eventually released with his truck, but without the cargo. Yes Focal Point
1752 Jul 16 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 34.653849 38.638973 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable One UN-contracted driver was stopped and detained by an unknown armed group, who requested a ransom. Yes Focal Point
1753 Sep 12 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.076682 39.680846 Unknown Unknown One UN-contracted driver was stopped by an unknown armed group in Kabajeb village, but was forced to drive to Mhambil village and off-load the cargo. The driver was detained for two days and was released with his empty truck on 14 September 2013. Yes Focal Point
1754 Jun 8 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 36.218055 37.105819 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Two UN-contracted drivers were detained for 7 days by an unknown armed group, who stole the food rations that the trucks were transporting. They were eventually released on 14 June 2013. Yes Focal Point
1755 Oct 27 2013 SD Sudan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.713542 25.617136 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Two UN-contracted employees (driver and assistant) were abducted by an unknown armed group (suspected to be rebel elements) and the contents of the truck were stolen. The truck was traveing in a convoy escorted by the Popular Defence Forces. The driver and the assistant were eventually released on 20 November 2013. Yes Focal Point
1785 Jun 11 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.965478 38.979869 Non-state armed group: National Al-Nusra Front One UN-contracted driver was stopped and detained for five days by Al Nosrah Front. Yes Focal Point
1786 Jun 11 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.014272 40.447052 Non-state armed group: National Al-Nusra Front Two UN-contracted drivers were stopped and detained by Al Nosrah Front. Yes Focal Point
1787 Mar 14 2013 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.800525 25.442011 Unknown Unknown One UN-contracted driver was abducted by unknown individuals, who demanded money for his release. Both the driver and the truck were released 35 days later. Yes Focal Point
1788 Nov 8 2013 SD Sudan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 12.414805 25.468676 Unknown Unknown Three UN-contracted individuals (driver and 2 assistants) were kidnapped by unknown armed men aboard two Land Cruiser vehicles. The driver, the two assistants, and the truck were released six days later. Yes Focal Point
1789 Dec 31 2013 SD Sudan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 12.566277 25.479459 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Two UN-contracted individuals (driver and assistant) were abducted by an unknown armed group. The driver, his assistant, and the truck were released 20 days later. Yes Focal Point
1790 Jul 3 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.863611 36.800556 Non-state armed group: Subnational Shareea Court One UN-contracted driver was kidnapped by an armed group called Shareea Court. Attempts to contact the driver have been unsuccessful thus far. Yes Focal Point
1791 Oct 30 2013 SD Sudan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.815088 25.414386 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable One UN-contracted driver was abducted by a rebel group on board a Land Cruiser. Yes Focal Point
1803 Mar 17 2013 SY Syrian Arab Republic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 36.115195 40.796915 Unknown Unknown Two UN-contracted drivers were kidnapped by unknown armed men. The trucks' contents and the drivers' personal belongings were also taken. They were kept by their kidnappers until a ransom was paid by the owner of the trucks. Yes Focal Point
1288 Mar 6 2012 SD Sudan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 11.329444 25.08565623 Unknown Unknown A UN international staffer was kidnapped along with his Sudanese driver as they headed towards the office near Al-Hilal stadium in downtown Nyala. The two were kidnapped by unknown armed men driving a Land Cruiser vehicle. UPDATE: The driver was released shortly after the abduction, and the international staffer was released 86 days later following concerted negotiations. Pending Media
1320 Apr 28 2012 SS South Sudan 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 8.927721 29.788925 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Three internationals and one national working on a UN demining project were abducted by militia (dressed in SPLA uniforms) from Unity South Sudan, brought to Kahrtoum, and held until 20 May Yes Media
1325 Jul 10 2012 AF Afghanistan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.68747 64.29318 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Armed groups stopped two trucks carrying food aid, kidnapped the drivers and burned the vehicles. One driver was released on 10 July, following negotiations with local elders. The other driver escaped on 14 July. Yes Official Report
1370 Dec 5 2012 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Home 3.116667 43.65 Unknown Unknown A UN aid worker was kidnapped from his home by gunmen in Baidoa. Pending Media
1196 Jan 15 2012 YE Yemen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.337484 44.184304 Non-state armed group: Subnational Abide Marabou tribe An international staff of a UN agency was kidnapped in the capital Sanaa by armed tribesmen who transferred him to central Marabou province. The UN worker was taken hostage by the Abide Marabou tribe, demanding the release of a tribesman who was arrested on charges of killing four soldiers assigned to guarding oil tankers. He was released unharmed two weeks later. Pending Media
1204 Jan 31 2012 YE Yemen 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 5 7 0 0 7 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 15.337484 44.184304 Non-state armed group: Subnational Unknown Three international staff of a UN agency, two INGO and two LNGOs were kidnapped west of Sanaa. They were released approximately 72 hours later. The kidnappers reportedly planned to exchange the hostages for a prisoner being held in the capital. Yes Official Report
1086 Jan 13 2011 SD Sudan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 0 3 Kidnapping Individual attack Office/compound 13.4263009 22.6574884 Unknown Unknown Three Bulgarian air crew members working for a private company contracted by a UN humanitarian agency were abducted upon landing on the helipad. There were released six months later on 6 June 2012. Pending Media
1101 Apr 19 2011 SD Sudan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 8.927721 29.788925 Non-state armed group: National Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) Two national staff (drivers) of a UN agency went missing after their vehicle was comandeered by SPLA and were forced to drive, carrying SPLA soldiers, into an area of active conflict. Yes Official Report
1102 May 13 2011 ET Ethiopia 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 3 Kidnapping Ambush Unknown 8.53056 44.795 Unknown Unknown One UN driver was killed, another staff wounded, and two staff captured when their UN agency vehicle was attacked by gunmen, in an area where pro-government forces are engaged in counter-insurgency operations against the ONLF. Each side blamed the other for the attack. UPDATE: the 2 kidnapped individuals were released on 30 June. Pending Media
1162 Jun 2011 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Home 3.116667 43.65 Non-state armed group: Regional Al Shabaab A local staff (polio specialist) was taken from his home in late June by Al Shabaab members. The office computer was also confiscated for investigations. His relative has said that she expects him to be released once the investigation is complete. Pending Media
1241 Feb 28 2011 AF Afghanistan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 36.67818 66.80325 Non-state armed group: National Taliban Three drivers of UN contracted trucks were abducted by Taliban fighters who looted the food, and burnt the trucks Yes Focal Point
1242 Mar 1 2011 PH Philippines 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 7.09544 124.38721 Unknown Unknown An national employee of a transport company contracted by a UN agency (together with his two sons) was abducted by armed men in Barangay Dalaun, Lumbayanague (Mindanao, Philippines) -allegedly in relation to perceived unfair distribution of rice transported by the company. The driver and his two sons were eventually released unconditionally Yes Focal Point
1076 Oct 17 2010 AF Afghanistan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Ambush Road 34.3508273 62.2164003 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable Two UN-contracted staff members were abducted by a group of militants while returning from a mission. One employee was released on 28 Oct while the other was released on 4 Nov; both unharmed. Yes Focal Point
930 Apr 15 2010 AF Afghanistan 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 Kidnapping Ambush Road 35.75 69 Non-state armed group: National Taliban 5 UN national staff kidnapped from their vehicle while en route from visiting a project site. Police say they are being held by the Taliban. Yes Official Report
992 Jul 19 2010 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 2.033333 45.35 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff member kidnapped by masked armed men while traveling to Terdishe from Mogadishu. Driver was released a short time later. Pending Media
1018 Nov 4 2010 SD Sudan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 0 3 Kidnapping Ambush Road 12.05 24.883333 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable 3 Latvians working for an air service company contracted by a UN agency were abducted by a group of armed men as they were travelling in a mini-bus to their residence in Nyala. They were released on 8 Dec. Yes Focal Point
808 Feb 2 2009 PK Pakistan 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 30.182971 66.998734 Non-state armed group: Subnational Balochistan Liberation United Front 1 UN international (American) staff official kidnapped and 1 UN national staff driver was killed when gunmen working for the Balochistan Liberation United Front stopped their vehicle; released two months later, 4 April. Archived Archived
823 Mar 14 2009 LK Sri Lanka 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 7.878 80.70382459 Non-state armed group: National Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam A UN national staffer kidnapped and forcibly conscripted by LTTE along with 3 dependents (not included). Yes Official Report
824 Mar 16 2009 SO Somalia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 4 Kidnapping Ambush Road 3.80958 43.24628 Unknown Unknown 3 UN international (1 Azerbaijan, 1 Ghanean, 1 French) staff and 1 UN national staff abducted in Wajid, southern Somalia. They have been abducted by gunmen despite their own armed escort - and with no shots fired - as they prepared to leave the country for Nairobi. Archived Archived
850 Jun 16 2009 LK Sri Lanka 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 8.7593439 80.4999646 Unknown Unknown 2 UN national staff missing and presumed kidnapped. Archived Archived
856 Jul 4 2009 AF Afghanistan 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 16 0 0 0 0 16 16 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 33.5487421 69.4346945 Unknown Unknown 16 UN national staff deminers were seized while travelling between Khost and Paktia provinces late on Saturday. Archived Archived
681 Jan 2 2009 AF Afghanistan 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 0 3 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 30.5 62 Non-state armed group: Unknown Not applicable 2 INGO international staff and 1 UN international staff kidnapped: AOG abducted 6 persons Archived Archived
598 Mar 20 2008 SD Sudan 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.4208997 23.0738882 Unknown Unknown 4 UN national staff of state water corporation team partner program, hijacked and kidnapped. Archived Archived
601 Apr 1 2008 SO Somalia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Ambush Road 0.433333 41.6 Unknown Unknown 2 UN international (1 British, 1 Kenyan) staff contractors seized by unknown gunmen in southern Somalia on their way to Buale. Taken to Jilib town 280km south of Mogadishu. Archived Archived
607 Jun 2 2008 SO Somalia 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 2.033333 45.35 Unknown Unknown 4 INGO national staff and 1 UN national staff kidnapped by Somali gunmen. Archived Archived
612 Jun 21 2008 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Individual attack Home 2.033333 45.35 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff taken from their home near Mogadishu around 8 pm. A group of men forcibly took the victim from his house; released 27th August 2008. Information indicated that criminals after financial gain could be behind his kidnapping and ICU would have mediated for his release. Sources also indicate that a ransom of between 40-60,000 USD would have been paid. Archived Archived
616 Jun 30 2008 SO Somalia 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 4 Kidnapping Ambush Road 2.033333 45.35 Host state Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (armed faction) 4 INGO national staff and 1 UN national staff kidnapped near Elasha Biha area by ARS armed wing. Archived Archived
674 Apr 21 2008 PK Pakistan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 Kidnapping Ambush Road 33.97357 71.31842 Criminal Unknown 3 UN national staff (two staff and a guard) were abducted earlier on Monday as they were travelling through the Khyber region, towards the Afghan border; released unharmed after security forces attacked the kidnap gang. Archived Archived
1214 Oct 22 2008 HT Haiti 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 18.532498 -72.333064 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff kidnapped for ransom. Deemed "non-work related" by agency. Released, 23 October 2008. Yes Focal Point
541 Jan 20 2007 SD Sudan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Unknown Public location 14.201859 24.663781 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff contractor and 1 IO national staff abducted at the market area in Kutum by Arab Militias base in Sheik Abu Da Bagi, 20 Jan.; later released on 21 January. Archived Archived
578 Oct 17 2007 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Raid Office/compound 2.033333 45.35 Host state Local government actors 1 UN national staff kidnapped: 60 armed men had stormed the UN agency compound in the south of Mogadishu and marched away with the agency head at gunpoint. The UN halted food distribution in response. The Mayor of Mogadishu, said that the humanitarian organisations were fuelling the insurgency by feeding terrorists in the camps. Last month he cut off water supplies to several of the sprawling tent cities. Aid workers and diplomats suggested that he was the most likely figure behind yesterday Archived Archived
486 Nov 6 2006 AF Afghanistan 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 Kidnapping Ambush Road 33.41897 69.12144 Unknown Unknown 4 UN national staff kidnapped in Zormat district of the eastern Paktia province while on their way to visit a new school. No word on whether have been released. Yes Focal Point
497 Sep 13 2006 SD Sudan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.5 23.5 Unknown Unknown 2 UN national staff drivers abducted by armed men after ambush while traveling from El Fasher through Kutum to Abdel Shakour. Archived Archived
421 Mar 1 2006 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 0.51486 42.073009 Unknown Unknown 1 UN international (US) staff abducted in Afmadow, 260 miles southwest of Mogadishu, Wed March 1; released next day. Archived Archived
446 Jun 13 2006 SD Sudan 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 1 1 6 0 0 6 Kidnapping Ambush Road 13.5 23.5 Unknown Unknown 1 UN international staff and 5 national staff detained by SLA Abdul Wahid faction while travelling from Kutum to Irgie, June 13. SLA claimed they were stopped b/c they were not notified of the team's mission and on allegations that the national staff were govt spies. Archived Archived
409 Dec 2005 CD DR Congo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown -2.9814344 23.8222636 Unknown Unknown One UN national staff held hostage in protest of demobilized soldiers not being paid. Archived Archived
276 Jan 2004 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Ambush Road -0.358056 42.545278 Unknown Unknown 1 UN international staff abducted North of Kismayo on the way to Jamaame in Lower Juba Region; released after 9 days. Archived Archived
300 Jun 2004 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Public location 3.116667 43.65 Staff member Contractor One UN national staff abducted outside mosque in Baidoa, released next day. The motive appeared to be a project-related dispute involving a disgruntled contractor. Archived Archived
312 Aug 2004 SD Sudan 3 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 8 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 14.5844444 29.4917691 Unknown Unknown 3 UN national staff and 5 national RC staff kidnapped. Archived Archived
168 Feb 2002 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 8.3676771 49.083416 Staff member Not applicable 1 UN national staff kidnapped and held for 6 days in suspected contractual dispute. Archived Archived
177 Apr 2002 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 2.033333 45.35 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff kidnapped for ransom in Mogadishu and held for 27 days. Archived Archived
187 Aug 2002 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Ambush Road 2.03711 45.34375 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff kidnapped en route to work in Mogadishu, held for 6 days. Archived Archived
139 Mar 2001 SO Somalia 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 9 9 10 0 0 10 Kidnapping Raid Office/compound 2.033333 45.35 Unknown Unknown 7 UN (6 international, 1 national) staff and 3 INGO international staff held hostage when gunmen stormed and ransacked the INGO's compound in Mogadishu, March 27. Five of the internationals were released within a few days. 2 more international staff (2 UN agencies) were released a few days later. Archived Archived
127 Sep 2000 GN Guinea 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 10.7226226 -10.7083587 Unknown Unknown 1 UN international (Togolese) staff killed and 1 international staff (Ivorian) kidnapped. Archived Archived
130 Dec 2000 GN Guinea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 10.7226226 -10.7083587 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff kidnapped and released Jan 22, 2001. Archived Archived
77 Jun 1999 SO Somalia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 10.2950001 43.56610996 Non-state armed group: Subnational Militia 2 UN national staff kidnapped by militia in Baki, released after intervention by UN and authorities. Archived Archived
81 Aug 4 1999 SL Sierra Leone 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 8.6400349 -11.8400269 Non-state armed group: National Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) 2 UN international staff among 33 from UN group kidnapped by AFRC faction Aug 4 and released Aug 11. Archived Archived
36 Jan 29 1998 Chechnya 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 43 44.25 Unknown Unknown 1 UN international (French) staff kidnapped and 1 UN national staff driver beaten at gunpoint in N. Ossetia on Jan 29. Archived Archived
3 Feb 1997 TJ Tajikistan 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 2 2 6 0 0 6 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 38.6281733 70.8156541 Unknown Unknown 3 UN national staff, 1 UN international (Nigerian) staff, 1 ICRC international staff and 1 ICRC national staff kidnapped along with other (not included) UN staff, journalist and Tajik govt rep; released 48 hours later. Archived Archived
23 Sep 1997 SO Somalia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 2.033333 45.35 Unknown Unknown 1 UN national staff kidnapped in Mogadishu over FFW project dispute. Archived Archived
30 Nov 22 1997 SO Somalia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 Kidnapping Unknown Unknown 8.3676771 49.083416 Unknown Unknown 3 UN national staff (from two agencies) and 1 from another UN body abducted by gunmen on Nov 22 and released the next day. Involved a charcoal trade dispute. Yes Focal Point
Total 249 28 2 5 5 0 7 3 229 239 1 0 49 50 289 162 4 123