05/29/2004: Islamic militants attacked oil company compounds in Al-Khubar, Saudi Arabia, killing 22 civilians of various nationalities and wounding at least 25 others during the incident. The perpetrators held about 50 hostages for 22 hours until the Saudi security forces attacked and freed the hostages. An emailed statement signed by Al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attack, which reportedly targeted facilities affiliated to the U.S. occupation company Halliburton.
Middle East & North Africa
|Type of Attack ()
||Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
|Successful Attack? ()
Target Information ()
|Target Type: Business|
|Name of Entity
||Apicorp oil company compound in Al-Khubar, Saudi Arabia.|
||Al-Khubar Oasis private luxury community|
|Nationality of Target
|Number of Hostages
|Hours of Kidnapping
|Unspecified automatic weapons were used in this incident.|
|Part of Multiple Incident?||No|
|Criterion 1 ()
|Criterion 2 ()
|Criterion 3 ()
|Doubt Terrorism Proper ()
||The deaths from this incident included eight Indians, two Sri Lankans, one Swede, one South African, three Saudis, one American, one Italian, three Filipinos, one Briton, and one Egyptian.|
|Number of Perpetrators
|Number of Captured Perpetrators
|Total Number of Casualties
||22 Fatalities / 26 Injured|
|Total Number of Fatalities
|Number of U.S. Fatalities
|Number of Perpetrator Fatalities
|Total Number of Injured
|Number of U.S. Injured
|Number of Perpetrators Injured
|“Saudi Statement Details Al-Khubar Attack Developments, Casualty Figures,” Al-Ikhbariyah Satellite Channel, May 30, 2004.
|Maki Becker, “Islamic Militants Kill 16 Hold 50 Hostages in Saudi Complex,” Daily News, May 30, 2004.
|“Up to 60 Held Hostage After Killings: At Least 10 Die in Saudi Arabia Attack,” The Gazette, May 30, 2004.