Incident Summary:

07/13/2015: Assailants abducted three freelance journalists from Spain in Maadi neighborhood, Aleppo city, Aleppo governorate, Syria. One hostage was released on an unspecified date and the remaining three hostages were released on May 7, 2016. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Nusrah Front and suspected that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was also involved.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Maadi neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Freelance Journalists: Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez, Angel Sastre
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Al-Nusrah Front No
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"Released Spanish Journalists Arrive in Madrid, Say They Were Not Harmed in Syria," El, May 8, 2016.
"Spanish reporters taken hostage in Syria 'moved to Idlib'," ANSAmed, July 22, 2015.
"1ST Three Spanish journalists reported missing in Syria By Ana Lazaro Verde and Weedah Hamza, dpa," Europe Online Magazine, July 21, 2015.