Incident Summary:

9/2/2004: Member of Tawhid and Jihad released a video and statement claiming to have killed three Turkish nationals in Iraq. The identity of the victims is unknown. However, three bodies were located outside of Samarra; two were identified as Turkish and authorities suspect they may have been victims in the video release. The motive behind the incident is unknown; the video statement did not directly address the purpose of targeting the Turkish nationals.

GTD ID:
200409020003

When:
2004-09-02

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Unknown

City:
Unknown

Location Details:
Unknown

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Three Turkish nationals
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was made
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 It is unclear where the hostage-taking took place and where the killings occurred.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
Sources
"Turkey says it is only helping Iraq as Turkish hostages reported killed," Agence France Presse, September 2, 2004."
"Bodies of Two Slain Turks Found in Iraq," Associated Press, September 2, 2004."