Incident Summary:

04/23/2015: Assailants attacked and killed at least 200 civilians in Ishtabraq, Idlib governorate, Syria. This was one of four related incidents in the area on the same day. The attacks lasted until April 25, 2015. Additionally, at least 100 people, including government soldiers, militia fighters, and their families, were abducted across all four incidents and their whereabouts are unknown. Ansar al-Din Front claimed responsibility for the attack. However, sources attributed the incident to Al-Nusrah Front.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 25
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Hostage numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Hostage numbers for this incident represent an division of a cumulative total of hostages across incidents 201504240094, 201504240095, 201504240096, 201504250065, 201504250066, 201504250067, and 201504250079.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Nusrah Front No
Ansar al-Din Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 200 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 200
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
"150 Syrian troops besieged in rebel Jisr al-Shughur: monitor," Agence France Presse -- English, April 30, 2015.
"Islamist rebels capture more than 100 Syrian troops in Jisr al-Shughour," UPI, April 28, 2015.
"Extremist militants capture tens of Syrian soldiers in Idlib," Xinhua General News Service, April 28, 2015.