Incident Summary:

10/11/2015: Assailants kidnapped two shepherds in Mount Semmama area, Kasserine governorate, Tunisia. One victim was released and the other executed on the morning of October 12, 2015. The Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the victims were kidnapped for assisting the police.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Mount Semmama area.

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 Shepherds
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade 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
"Kasserine: Shepherd Kidnapped by Jihadists Found Dead," Tunisia Live, October 14, 2015.
"UPDATE 1-Two Tunisian soldiers killed in clashes with militants," Reuters Africa, October 12, 2015.
"2 Tunisian soldiers killed in armed confrontation near Algerian borders," Xinhua General News Service, October 12, 2015.