Incident Summary:

12/16/2015: Assailants kidnapped 26 hunters, including members of the Qatari ruling family, in Al-Basiyah, Muthanna, Iraq. At least two hostages were released on April 6, 2016; the remaining hostages were released on April 21, 2017, following the payment of a ransom. Kata'ib al-Imam Ali claimed responsibility and demanded the release of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr from Saudi custody in exchange for the safe release of the hostages.




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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Qatar
Specific Description Prince: Fahd Jassem al-Thani
Nationality of Target Qatar
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Hunters
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 26
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 492
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 275000000.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded the release of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr from Saudi custody in exchange for the safe release of the hostages. Ransom payment figures conflict across sources, ranging from $275 million to $500 million.
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
Additional Information The victims included Pakistani and Saudi nationals.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kata'ib al-Imam Ali Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Big Ransom and Syria Deals Win Release of Royal Qatari Hunters," New York Times, April 21, 2017.
"Hacked messages show Qatar appearing to pay hundreds of millions to free hostages," The Washington Post, April 28, 2018.
"Iraqi President says Qatari ransom money became for Iraqis," Iraqi News, July 5, 2017.