Incident Summary:

10/13/1999: Unidentified masked gunmen took a group of seven United Nations military observers hostage in Azhara, in the breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia. The gunmen demanded a 350,000 dollar ransom, but all of the hostages were freed three days later without the ransom being paid.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations
Specific Description UN Military Observers
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 350000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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 The hostages included an interpreter, a German doctor, and five military observers from the Czech Republic, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Abkhaz Gunmen Demand Ransom for UN military observers,” Agence France Presse, October 13, 1999.
"Georgian Rebels Seize U.N Hostages; 7 Monitors Captured in Separatist Region,” The Patriot Ledger, October 13, 1999.
"Abkhaz Hostage Drama Ends as Last UN Observers Released,” Agence France Presse, October 15, 1999.