Incident Summary:

05/27/2004: Unknown attackers shot and killed two Japanese journalists and injured their Iraqi driver in a suburb of Baghdad, Iraq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Baghdad

Location Details:
The attack took place in a Baghdad suburb where the road from Samawah and Baghdad crossed.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Freelance Journalists
Specific Description Japanese freelance journalists in a Baghdad suburb, Iraq
Nationality of Target Japan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 names of those killed was Shinsuke Hashida and Kotaro Ogawa.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“2 Japanese Journalists Attacked in Baghdad Suburb,” Kyodo World Service, May 27, 2004.
“Foreign Ministry Names Japanese Journalists Attacked in Baghdad,” Kyodo World Service, May 27, 2004.
“Reporter May Have Been Shot Dead After Attack in Iraq,” Kyodo World Service, May 29, 2004.