Incident Summary:

06/01/2016: Assailants kidnapped 1500 displaced civilians fleeing Saqlawiyah, Al Anbar, Iraq. At least 49 were killed, 600 were released on June 6, 2016 after being tortured, and the outcome for the remaining victims is unknown. The Hezbollah Battalions (Iraq) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Anbar


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 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1500
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Knives, shovels, pipes, sticks, and fire were used in the attack.
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 Forty-nine of the hostage victims were killed on an unknown date. Six hundred of the victims were released on June 6, 2016. The fate of the other victims is unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kata'ib Hezbollah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 49 Fatalities / 600 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 49
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 600
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraq: Security Roundup 1900 GMT 13 June 2016," Summary, June 13, 2016."
"UN urges Iraq to prevent 'full-throttle sectarian' war," Al Jazeera, July 5, 2016."
"Up to 900 refugees from Fallujah feared dead after being kidnapped by anti-Isis militia in Iraq; The UN said at least 49 of those kidnapped had been killed and up to 900 remain missing," The Independent, July 5, 2016."