Incident Summary:

08/04/2016: Assailants abducted 3,000 fleeing civilians in Hawijah district, Kirkuk, Iraq. At least 12 hostages were killed shortly after the kidnapping while an additional 85 victims were executed on August 6, 2016. The fate of the remaining captives is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Hawijah district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3000
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 97 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 97
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIS kills 85 civilians in Hawija," Iraqi News, August 6, 2016.
"3,000 civilians in Iraq’s Kirkuk held by ISIL," World Bulletin, August 5, 2016.
"Iraq: Security Roundup 1900 GMT 05 August 2016," Summary, August 5, 2016.