Incident Summary:

03/20/2001: Hidaya Sultan Al-Salem, editor-in-chief and owner of Al-Majalis magazine, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in her car in Al-Surra, a suburb of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Unknown attackers fired six shots at her using a 9mm Beretta gun. Police later arrested four policemen, a Lieutenant Colonel and three lieutenants in connection with the murder. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Surrah neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Al-Majalis Magazine
Specific Description Hidaya Sultan Al-Salem, editor-in-chief and owner of Al-Majalis magazine
Nationality of Target Kuwait
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Six shots were fired froma 9mm Beretta gun during the assassination.
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Hidaya Sultan Al-Salem was the first Kuwaiti female to hold the post of editor-in-chief of a political magazine.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 8
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Al-Majalis' Editor Hidaya Sultan Assassinated: 'Beretta' Killing in Rawda: Four Cops Arrested," Kuwait Times, March 21, 2001.