Incident Summary:

02/16/1999: The wife, son, and an employee of Greek Ambassador Petros Angelakis were taken hostage by Kurdish assailants at their home in The Hague, Netherlands. Approximately 150 Kurds occupied the Greek Ambassador's residence, with 20 to 30 barricading themselves with the hostages for 24 hours before giving themselves up and releasing their captives. Eight of the assailants were eventually arrested for the assault.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

South Holland

The Hague

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 (General)
Name of Entity Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Wife, son, and an employee of Greek Ambassador to the Netherlands Petros Angelakis
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Following the capture of Abdullah Öcalan, who was the leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), many such similar incidents of break-in and hostage-taking were perpetrated by angry Kurds, targeting diplomatic missions and UN organizations.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 150
Number of Captured Perpetrators 8
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
"Kurdish Hostage-Takers Surrender at Hague Greek Embassy,” Agence France Presse, February 17, 1999.
"Eight Kurds arrested in The Hague,” Agence France Presse, February 16, 1999.