Incident Summary:

11/13/2015: Assailants beheaded a shepherd in Jebel Mghila area, Jelma district, Sidi Bouzid governorate, Tunisia. Jund al-Khilafah (Tunisia) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the victim was killed because he was a military informant; however, sources also attributed the attack to Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sidi Bouzid

Jelma district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Jebel Mghila 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 Shepherd: Mabrouk Soltani
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
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
Jund al-Khilafah (Tunisia) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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
"Militants behead Tunisian teen accused of spying: sources," Reuters, November 14, 2015.
"Tunisia: ISIL Claims Responsibility for Killing Young Shepherd in Jebel Mghila," Tunisia Live, November 23, 2015.
"Tunisia Jihadists Behead 16-Year-Old Shepherd," Outlook India, November 14, 2015.