Incident Summary:

08/00/2013: Sometime between August 4, 2013 and August 19, 2013, assailants abducted 100 Alawite civilians from unknown villages in Lattakia, Syria. At least three hostages were released and three others died in captivity on or before May 7, 2014. A further 15 victims were released on May 7, 2014 and 25 others were released on May 8, 2014. The remaining 54 hostages were released on February 7, 2017. The Mujahadeen Room in Latakia Countryside and Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Muhajireen Army) each claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to Ahrar al-Sham.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Alawite Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 100
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
Firearms and electricity cables 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 Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham No
Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Muhajireen Army) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
The Mujahadeen Room in Latakia Countryside Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
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
"Syria's Assad receives freed women, children abducted by rebels," Xinhua General News Service, February 9, 2017.
"Syrian rebels accused of sectarian murders,", August 11, 2013.
"54 Syrian women, freed from militants return home in Latakia," Press TV, February 10, 2017.