Incident Summary:

12/29/2005: Al-Qaida in Iraq members kidnapped six Sudanese nationals, including a diplomat, in Baghdad, Iraq. All of the hostages were released two days later after the Sudanese government agreed to close down their Embassy in Iraq per the request of the perpetrators.




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 Sudanese Diplomats
Specific Description Sudanese Diplomats/Embassy in Baghdad
Nationality of Target Sudan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
There was no mention of weapons in the source.
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 Six Sudanese hostages were said kidnapped, but Al-Qaida only mentioned 5 in their internet claim of responsibility and also it was said that only 5 were released. It is unknown what happened to the six victim. Al-Qaida demanded that Sudan shut down their Iraqi Embassy in 48 hours and they complied.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq 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 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
“AFP: Sudanese Hostages in Iraq Released,” Agence France Presse, December 31, 2005.