Incident Summary:

05/29/2004: Islamic militants attacked oil company compounds in Al-Khubar, Saudi Arabia, killing 22 civilians of various nationalities and wounding at least 25 others during the incident. The perpetrators held about 50 hostages for 22 hours until the Saudi security forces attacked and freed the hostages. An emailed statement signed by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attack, which reportedly targeted facilities affiliated to the U.S. occupation company Halliburton.



Saudi Arabia

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Eastern Province


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Apicorp oil company compound in Al-Khubar, Saudi Arabia.
Specific Description Al-Khubar Oasis private luxury community
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 50
US Hostages Unknown
Hours of Kidnapping 22
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Unspecified automatic weapons were used in this incident.
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 deaths from this incident included eight Indians, two Sri Lankans, one Swede, one South African, three Saudis, one American, one Italian, three Filipinos, one Briton, and one Egyptian.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
“Saudi Statement Details Al-Khubar Attack Developments, Casualty Figures,” Al-Ikhbariyah Satellite Channel, May 30, 2004.
Maki Becker, “Islamic Militants Kill 16 Hold 50 Hostages in Saudi Complex,” Daily News, May 30, 2004.
“Up to 60 Held Hostage After Killings: At Least 10 Die in Saudi Arabia Attack,” The Gazette, May 30, 2004.