Incident Summary:

05/29/2007: Five Britons, including an IT consultant and four bodyguards, were confirmed kidnapped from the Iraqi finance ministry in Baghdad, Iraq. The kidnappers wore national police uniforms and used 40 vehicles in the operation. In a video released in December 2007, armed kidnappers stood in front of a sign that read "Islamic Shiite Resistance in Iraq." Over the course of more than two years, at least three of the bodyguards were killed and the fourth is presumed dead. The IT expert, Peter Moore, was released in December 2009. Authorities attribute responsibility to Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a group led by former Mahdi Army spokesman Qais al Khazaali.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Baghdad

Location Details:
Iraqi finance ministry

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description British IT expert and his bodyguards
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 940
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 Updated information from The Times, BBC News Online, and Channel 4 News
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq Islamic Shiite Resistance in Iraq Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
“Four Germans kidnapped in Baghdad,” Agence France Presse, May 29, 2007.
“BBC Reports Seven Westerners Abducted in Baghdad,” BBC, May 29, 2007.
“UK Confirms Five British Citizens Kidnapped in Iraq,” BBC, May 29, 2007.