Incident Summary:

04/05/1992: Five members of the Mujahideen-I-Khalq Iranian group, armed with knives, forcibly entered and seized the Iranian Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, in the United States. During the two-hour siege, the men took three hostages, and destroyed computers and furniture, and spray painted slogans on walls. None of the hostages, nor any other individuals were injured during the rampage; two hostages escaped when police broke through the back doors of the building, and the third hostage was released after the perpetrators surrendered to police negotiators. A statement made by the Bonn headquarters of the People's Mujahideen stated the incident was in response to an Iranian air raid against the National Liberation Army (a military wing of the group) hiding in Iraq. All five suspects were arrested and charged for this incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
Manhattan; 34th floor of the tower at 622 Third Ave. at East 40th Street

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Iranian Government in United States
Specific Description Iranian Mission to the United Nations in New York
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 3
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Days of Kidnapping 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The hostage takeover occurred at 1:47PM and lasted until about 3:30PM, when the third hostage was released and the perpetrators surrendered. This Incident was one in a series of Missions attacks in 10 different nations on this day in protest of the Iranian air raid against government rebels hiding in Iraq. This was the only incident that occurred in the United States. The five perpetrators were arrested at the scene, and eventually indicted for their crimes.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Terrorism in the United States: 1982-1992," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Counterterrorism Section, Intelligence Division, FBI, 1992.
Robert D. McFadden, "Iran Rebels Hit Missions in 10 Nations," New York Times, April 6, 1992.
"Protesters seize Iranian mission in New York," United Press International, April 5, 1992.