Incident Summary:

01/21/2003: A vehicle carrying two American contractors was fired upon in Kuwait leaving Michael Rene Pouliot dead and David Caraway injured. The attack, by 25-year-old Sami Mohammed Marzook Obaid al-Mutairi, occurred along the Highway 85 near Camp Doha. The assailant said he was motivated by Osama Bin Laden however it was not clear whether he was affiliated with a group.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kuwait

Location Details:
The victims were traveling on Highway 85 near Camp Doha on the outskirts of Kuwait City.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity American Military Contractors
Specific Description Michael Rene Pouliot and David Caraway
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 During interrogation, Mutairi stated that he embraced the ideas of al-Qaida.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Fiona, MacDonald, "Al-Qaeda resurfaces in Kuwait with killing of US civilian," Agence France Presse, January 24, 2003.
Ron, Martz, "U.S. civilian slain in Kuwait ambush," Cox News Service, January 21, 2003.
"American civilian killed in Kuwait; Ambassador calls shooting, which also left one American wounded, a terrorist incident," The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA), January 21, 2003.