Incident Summary:

09/09/2014: Assailants abducted a civilian south of Sheikh Zuweid town, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. His beheaded body was found with a note pinned to it the next day. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the victim was a spy for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

Near Sheikh Zuweid

Location Details:
The incident occurred to the south of the city.

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 Spy
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
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: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai: residents," Reuters, September 10, 2014.
"Man beheaded in Sinai for 'spying for Mossad'," Ynet News, September 10, 2014.