Incident Summary:

10/26/2007: Three Pakistani Police officers and three Pakistani paramilitaries were kidnapped by an unknown number of suspected Taliban perpetrators carrying unspecified weapons as they were shopping late in the day at a bazaar in Matta, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Pakistani paramilitary
Specific Description Officers shopping late at a bazaar in Matta
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani law enforcement
Specific Description Officers shopping at a bazaar in Matta
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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 They were subsequently beheaded publically by the perpetrators in nearby Ningulai and their bodies and heads paraded through the streets of that village before being discarded in a nearby farm field. Notes attached to their bodies accused them of being American agents. The attack came in retaliation for a Pakistani Army assault on the madrasa of pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah in Imam Dheri. This was the first of two retaliatory killings for that assault on October 26.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban (Pakistan) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
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
Riaz Khan, “Militants decapitate 13 men seized in northwestern Pakistan, official says,” Associated Press Worldstream, October 27, 2007.
“Militants behead 13 in Pakistan violence,” Agence France Presse, October 27, 2007.
“Militants execute 15 after govt forces attack seminary in NWFP.,” Press Trust of India, October 27, 2007.