Incident Summary:

12/00/2004: The Mujahedeen Army, The Black Banner Brigade, and the Mutassim Bellah Brigade issued a videotaped from an unknown location depicting 10 Iraqi hostages, all employees of an American security and reconstruction company called Sandi Group. The perpetrators stated that they would kill the hostages if the company did not leave Iraq. The groups also threatened more attacks on Iraqi operations of the firm and anyone who cooperated with it. The fate of the hostages was not known.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Sandi Group
Specific Description Iraqi employees of Sandi Group
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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 It appeared from the video that one of the hostages was injured.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Banner Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Mujahedeen Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Mutassim Bellah Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Militants claim to kidnap 10 Iraqis working for U.S. security company," The Associated Press, December 19, 2004.
"Militants threaten to murder 10 Iraqi hostages," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 19, 2004.