Incident Summary:

6/15/2001: Fifteen people associated with AgoAction, a German agricultural humanitarian organization, were kidnapped by gunmen in the Tavil Dara region of Tajikistan. One of the workers was American, one was German, and the rest were from Tajikistan. Four people, including three women, were immediately released, while the remaining eleven were released two days later. All of the hostages were unharmed. The gunmen used to be rebels and were currently working for the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The gunmen demanded the release of four individuals who had been arrested for an assassination that took place several months earlier.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:

Districts of Republican Subordination

Tavildara (District)

Location Details:
The AgroAction office in the region of Tavil-Dara, to the east of Dushanbe by 100 miles

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity AgroAction
Specific Description Fifteen AgroAction employees, including thirteen people from Tajikistan, one from America, and one from Germany
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 15
US Hostages 1
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The hostages were kidnapped at gunpoint.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
Akbar Borisov, "Eleven members of German aid group held in Tajikistan," Agence France-Presse, June 16, 2001.
"Gunmen seize hostages in Tajikistan," Associated Press, June 16, 2001.
"All hostages abducted in Tajikistan freed," Associated Press, June 17, 2001.