Incident Summary:

05/16/2013: Assailants abducted seven police officers and army border guards traveling on holidays near Arish city, North Sinai, Egypt. The abductees were released May 22, 2013. Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded the release of six members recently sentenced to death. Government officials indicated that the demands were not met.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

Near Arish

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Border Guard
Specific Description Border Guards
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Egyptian National Police (ENP)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 7
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 Police closed the Rafah border to protest the abductions.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Militants release seven Egyptians kidnapped in Sinai," Reuters, May 22, 2013.
"Egyptian security men abducted in Sinai freed," Al Jazeera, May 22, 2013.
"Gunmen kidnap 7 Egyptian security men in Sinai,", May 16, 2013.