Incident Summary:

08/30/2014: Assailants abducted two civilians in North Sinai governorate, Egypt. The bodies of the two civilians were discovered the following day. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out because they believed the victims were spies for Israel.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


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 2
US Hostages 0
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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Egyptian security investigates Sinai beheadings," Daily Star Egypt, August 31, 2014.
"Egypt: Two More Decapitated Bodies Found in Sinai,", August 31, 2014.
"Sinai jihadists claims 5 more beheadings," The Times Of Israel, September 2, 2014.