Incident Summary:

08/15/2014: Assailants attacked Yizidi civilians in Kojo, Nineveh, Iraq. At least 400 people were killed and 1,000 people were abducted in the assault. At least 591 hostages have been released as of April 26, 2020 while the whereabouts of the remaining victims are unknown. This was one of four attacks in early August 2014 comprising the Sinjar massacre. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Yizidi Civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1000
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 400 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 400
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
"Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in 'Severe Shock'," The New York Times, July 27, 2017.
"ISIS strikes Iraq village, kills Yazidis, officials say," CNN, August 15, 2014.
"Four Yezidis kidnapped by Islamic State rescued so far in 2019: Kurdistan official," Kurdistan 24, January 13, 2019.