Incident Summary:

07/22/2015: Assailants kidnapped Tomislav Salopek from Oasis road, west of Cairo city, Cairo governorate, Egypt. Salopek, a Croatian Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) employee, was beheaded on August 8, 2015. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Tomislav Salopek would be released in exchange for the release of Muslim women, who were currently imprisoned in Egyptian jails.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Cairo

Location Details:
The incident occurred on Oasis road to the west of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Compagnie Generale de Geophysique
Specific Description Employee: Tomislav Salopek
Nationality of Target Croatia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 17
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded the release of female prisoners in exchange for the release of the hostage victims.
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State 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 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
"Croatia claims 2 groups involved in hostage's abduction," Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA), August 14, 2015.
"The Latest on Croatian hostage killed by Islamic State," Associated Press, August 12, 2015.
"Islamic State claims to have beheaded Croatian hostage Tomislav Salopek in Egypt," ABC Online, August 12, 2015.