2001 Angola train attack

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2001 Angola train attack
Location Between the towns of Zenza and Dondo, 150 kilometres south-east of the Angolan capital, Luanda.[citation needed]
Date 10 August 2001
Deaths 252
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators UNITA

The 2001 Angola train attack was an attack during the Angolan Civil War when on 10 August 2001 UNITA forces derailed a train travelling between towns of Zenza and Dondo with an anti-tank mine and then attacked the passengers with small arms fire.


The Angolan Civil War had been going on since 1975 and was a legacy of the cold war. As part of its ongoing efforts to overthrow the government, the 2001 Angola train attack occurred on 10 August 2001 when a passenger train in Angola hit an anti-tank mine placed on the track by National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels. After its derailment, rebels attacked the passengers with gunfire, killing around 250 people of the 500 who were on the train.[2][3] [4][5] The attack took place about 150 kilometres (93 mi) south-east of the capital, Luanda.[5] On 16 August 2001, members of the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the attack, calling it a "terrorist attack".[6]

On August 13th, UNITA took responsibility for the attack.[7]

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  1. ^ "Train bombing signals new UNITA offensive in Angola". Wsws.org. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  2. ^ ICtBL 2002, p. 66
  3. ^ Riley 2004, p. 5
  4. ^ Osmańczyk & Mango 2003, p. 96
  5. ^ a b "Africa | Angola train toll rises". BBC News. 2001-08-12. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Angola: Security Council members condemn 'terrorist' UNITA train attack". Un.org. 2001-08-16. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  7. ^ "AFRICA | Rebels claim Angolan train attack". BBC News. 2001-08-13. Retrieved 2010-03-21.