Incident Summary:

04/09/2005: The Omar bin Khattab group claimed responsibility for the armed kidnapping of the deputy charge d’affaires at the Pakistani embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Malik Mohammed Javed. Javed was kidnapped after leaving his Baghdad residence for evening prayers. The previously unknown group released a video which featured Javed pleading the Pakistani government for aid of his release. There is uncertainty concerning a ransom, yet the deputy was released on April 24, 2005.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Pakistani Embassy in Baghdad
Specific Description Consular and Community Affairs Employee, Malik Mohammed Javed, at the Pakistani Embassy
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 15
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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 Although the hostage was Pakistani, the kidnapping and holding of the hostage took place in Iraq, since that is where the hostage resided and worked. After sixteen days, the perpetrators released the hostage back to his family in Pakistan. The spokesman said "Malik Javed was released after hectic efforts made by political, religious leaders in Iraq" (The Pakistan Newswire).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Omar Bin Khattab Group Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
Edward Harris, “US-Iraqi in Baghdad Nets Dozens of Suspected Insurgents,” The Associated Press, April 11, 2005.
2. Benjamin Sand, “Pakistan Presses for Release of Iraq Hostage,” Voice of America News, April 11, 2005.
Pakistani Kidnapped Embassy Staffer Freed ‘Unconditionally,’” The Pakistan Newswire, April 25, 2005.