Incident Summary:

09/30/2009: On Wednesday, a man, by the name of Rahim, was kidnapped in Yahyakhel, Paktika province east of Afghanistan. He was taken hostage on charges of working for the government. Later that day, Rahim, escaped by grabbing one of the Taliban's gun and killing six of his captors. Assailants set fire to the home of Rahim, in retaliation. No information on the location where he was taken has been reported. No group has claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Taliban was responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Yahya Khel

Location Details:
The attack took place at the home of Rahim, in Yahyakhel, Paktika province.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Rahim, a civilian accused of being a spy,
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
An unknown weapon and an unknown incendiary device were used in the attack.
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
Taliban (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 6
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Xinhua News Agency, "Kidnapped Man Kills Six Taliban Militants, Then Escapes," World News Connection, Xinhua News Agency, October 2, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Civilian Kidnapped by Suspected Taliban in Yahya Khel, Paktia, Afghanistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 12, 2010.
Indo-Asian News Service, "Man Escapes Taliban Captivity After Killing Five Militants," Hindustan Times Syndication, October 2, 2009.