Incident Summary:

02/28/2011: On Monday, in the town of Al-Mahfad, Ataq, Shabwah, Yemen, armed Al-Bakazim tribesmen kidnapped a Tajik doctor, Abdul-Hamidjon Ochilov, who was working for Russian Tekhnostroyeksport Hospital. Authorities claim the kidnappers demanded compensation from the government for the 45 families who were killed by a suspected U.S. airstrike against a supposed Al Qaeda training camp in Al-Majala district of Abyan in late 2009 among other unstated non-monetary demands. No casualties were reported and no group claimed responsibility. As of 03/03/2011, Ochilov was reported to be in good health but still under custody of his kidnappers.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the town of Al-Mahfad, Ataq, Shabwah, Yemen.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Tekhnostroyeksport
Specific Description Abdul-Hamidjon Ochilov, a Tajik doctor who was working for Russian Tekhnostroyeksport Hospital,
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons 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
Additional Information Conflicting information was reported in regard to the victim's nationality, ranging from Uzbek, Russian and Tajik. Tajik nationality was chosen for the victim as the source that reported it, The Times of Central Asia, stated that other reports of the victim's nationality being either Uzbek or Russian were incorrect.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Bakazim (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
Xinhua News Agency, "Yemeni Armed Tribesman Kidnap Uzbekistani Doctor," Xinhua News Agency, March 1, 2011,
BBC Monitoring, "Yemeni Tribe Abducts Russian Doctor," Factiva, Saba, March 3, 2011.
Times of Central Asia, "Tajik Doctor Kidnapped in Yemen," Factiva, Times of Central Asia, March 2, 2011.