Incident Summary:

08/14/2006: On Monday two Fox News reporters were kidnapped by armed men in Gaza City, West Bank and Gaza. Steve Centanni from the United States and Olaf Wiig from New Zealand were taken from their news van and held in an abandoned garage, while their driver, who was Palestinian, and two other journalists were let go. The kidnappers forced Centanni and Wiig to make a video converting to Isalm. They were then released unharmed on August 27, 2006, after 13 days in captivity. A group called the Holy Jihad Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. In 2011 the U.S. State Department attributed responsibility to the Army of Islam.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Fox News
Specific Description Steve Centanni, American Reporter
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Fox News
Specific Description Olaf Wiig, photojournalist from New Zealand
Nationality of Target Liechtenstein
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 1
Days of Kidnapping 13
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of Islam No
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
"Prisoner talks under way, Hezbollah says; Soldiers' families press for information; journalists freed by captors in Gaza," The Globe and Mail, August 28, 2006.
"Abduction of two Fox journalists is the scariest kidnapping of foreigners in Gaza," Associated Press Worldstream, August 22, 2006.
"Two Fox News reporters kidnapped in Gaza," Agence France Presse, August 14, 2006.