Incident Summary:

01/23/2006: Shi i gunmen wearing government security force uniforms raided a Sunni neighborhood in central Baghdad, Iraq, shooting dead three men, and abducting more than 20 others. Three of those abducted were later released in eastern Baghdad, but the fates of the rest are unknown. One of those killed in the initial raid was identified as Ismail Moh sen, and one of those later released after the abduction was identified as Yas ser Khalil. There were no reported claims of responsibility for the attack.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Residents of a Sunni neighborhood
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 20
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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 There were seven carloads of gunmen perpetrating the attack with the help of hooded informants.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Saddam Trial Gets its Third Chief Judge,” The Houston Chronicle, January 24, 2006.
Robert Reid, “Sectarian Killings Roil Baghdad,” The Star-Ledger, January 24, 2006.
Paul Garwood, “Sunni Arab Party Calls on Sunnis in Iraq to Defend Themselves in Wake of Raid,” The Associated Press, January 24, 2006.