Incident Summary:

11/03/2007: Armed pro-Taliban militants took over 100 police and paramilitary forces hostage overnight while seizing a police post in Matta, Pakistan. No one was hurt in the attack and the hostages were released on November 4, 2007.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police Forces
Specific Description Matta post
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 100
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 8
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 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 The hostages were taken from Matta to Bamakhela, and from there were distributed among people from different villages to feed them and provide them overnight stay. The militants gave each hostage money to cover transportation costs home.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban (Pakistan) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
S.H. Khan, "Militants seize 120 police, soldiers in Pakistan," Agence France Presse, November 3, 2007.
"Militants capture 100 more security personnel," Balohistan Times, November 3, 2007.
"Militants in northwest province say 100 more Pakistani troops 'surrender'," BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political,November 3, 2007.