Incident Summary:

12/29/2005: An oil tanker was stolen by about a dozen perpetrators in Kotal, Pakistan and in the process the three owners of the tanker were kidnapped. One of the kidnapped victims was shot in the arm, but all three were released in Chamkani before the tanker exploded at a gas station in Garhi Qamardin (cf. 200512290003).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Landi Kotal

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pakistan Oil business
Specific Description Pakistan Oil Tankers
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
One of the victims was 'shot' in the arm.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident is directly related to (cf. 200512290003), a future incident that involved the oil tanker exploding in a gas station in Garhi Qamardin. The perpetrators apparently planned to hijack this tanker, attach explosives, and detonate it at some location, with officials suspecting Islamabad as being a possible target. The three kidnap victims were given drugs and one of them was shot in the arm when he tried to escape.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
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 Unknown
Javed Aziz Khan, “Oil Tanker Blast Kills 4 Near Peshawar, Possible Terror Act in Islamabad Failed,” Islamabad The News, December 31, 2005.