Incident Summary:

04/01/2013: Assailants attacked the headquarters of a gas company at the Akkas gas field in Al Anbar governorate, Iraq. Three employees were killed and two other people were kidnapped in the attack. The assailants also set fire to the offices and nearby vehicles. No information was available with regards to the outcome of the kidnapping. No group claimed responsibility for the incident, but sources suspected that Al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) was behind the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


Location Details:
Incident occurred at Akkas gas field

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Assault rifles and arson 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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Iraq (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen attack Iraq's Akkas gasfield, four workers killed," Reuters, April 1, 2013.
"Xinhua: Gunmen Attack Major Gas Field in Western Iraq, 2 Killed," Xinhua, April 2, 2013.
"Al Qaida fighters suspected in attack on Iraqi gas field, S. Korean firm," World Tribune, April 4, 2013.