Incident Summary:

10/11/2004: Members of al-Tawhid and Jihad group's Qaqa Brigade beheaded a Turkish worker in Iraq whom they had abducted. The victim had been held captive for three days before his kidnappers killed him. The perpetrators wanted the victim's employer to leave Iraq in exchange for his life. The beheading was broadcasted on a website belonging to Ansar al-Sunna, an Iraqi militant group. Abu Musab Zarqawi's group, Jama'at al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad (JTJ), claimed responsibility for the murder.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unnamed Turkish Business
Specific Description A Turkish truck driver working for an unnamed Turkish Company in Iraq
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes The "ransom" demanded on video was the departure of the Turkish truck driver's company from Iraq.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The attackers used machine guns and a sharp object to behead the victim.
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 After the Turkish government did not take action, the hostage was beheaded on a video shown on Ansar al-Sunna's website.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sunna No
Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Turkish Hostage Depicted in Zarqawi Group Video," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 11, 2004.
"Kidnapped Turkish Driver is Beheaded in Iraq, Shown on Video on Islamic Web Site," Associated Press, October 14, 2004.