Incident Summary:

08/20/2007: Gunmen from the group Jundullah took thirty people hostage on the road between Iranshahr and the port city of Chabahar in Sistan-Baluchestan province, Iran. The gunmen closed the road and set fire to several cars and trucks, two of the latter were carrying oil. They then stopped a passenger bus and kidnapped 21 people, and took them to Pakistan where they were later rescued by the Pakistani military. One perpetrator was killed and two were injured.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sistan and Balochistan

Near Chabahar

Location Details:
The incident occurred between the Iranshahr and the port city of Chabahar.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity bus
Specific Description people on bus
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 21
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jundallah (Iran) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 17
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 2
“Gunmen take 30 hostage in Iran” The Irish Times. August 20, 2007.
“21 Iranian hostages freed in Pakistan” Agence France Presse. August 20, 2007.