Incident Summary:

01/07/2014: Assailants kidnapped four people in Moses Spring, South Sinai governorate, Egypt. The victims included three activists in the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) and an official in the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and Emigration. Three of the victims were released on January 15, 2014 after their families and Egypt's General Union of Tourism paid a ransom, while the fourth victim was released on January 16, 2014. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Sinai

Moses Spring

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and Emigration
Specific Description Official: Muhammad Isa
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF)
Specific Description Activists: Mamduh Muhammadi Muhammad
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 9
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 64516.05
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes A ransom was paid for only three of the hostages.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
"Security Forces Released Four Kidnapped Workers Leaders In Sinai | Cairo Post," The Cairo Post, January 15, 2014.
"Trade Union Head Accuses Bayt Al Maqdis Of Kidnapping 3 Members | Cairo Post," The Cairo Post, January 8, 2014.
"Egyptian trade union says members were kidnapped at gunpoint in Sinai," BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, January 7, 2014.