Incident Summary:

08/18/2014: Assailants abducted four civilians in Sheikh Zuweid town, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. The four civilians were found dead on August 20, 2014. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that they carried out the attack because they believed the victims were spies for Israel.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

Sheikh Zuweid

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 Suspected Spies
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Sinai militant group says it beheaded four Egyptians," Reuters, August 28, 2014.
"Jihadist group claims beheading of four in Sinai," Qatar Peninsula, August 28, 2014.
"4 beheaded bodies found in Sinai, Islamists role suspected," Oman Tribune, August 21, 2014.