Incident Summary:

02/23/2007: Two Italians working on new roads and bridges were abducted during a shootout, which took place some 40km from Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. The two technicians, who were working for Italy's Impregilo construction firm, were doing tests on bridges when a 15-strong band of rebels aboard motorboats appeared and opened fire. No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
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 Handgun
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 The hostages were released on February 26, 2007.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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
“Two more Italians kidnapped in Nigeria,” ANSA English Media Service, February 23, 2007.
Joel Olatunde Agoi, “Gunmen kill Lebanese worker, kidnap two Italians in Nigeria,” Agence France Presse, February 23, 2007.