Incident Summary:

10/29/2016: Assailants kidnapped and executed 130-145 former police officers near Hammam al-Alil, Nineveh, Iraq. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Hammam al-Alil

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Hammam al-Alil.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iraqi Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Former Officers
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 130
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
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 130 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 130
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
"HRW: Mass grave holding 300 former Iraqi police found," Al Jazeera, November 17, 2016.
"ISIS Killed 300 Former Police Officers South of Mosul, Mass Grave Shows," MSNBC Newsweek, November 17, 2016.
"HRW: Over 300 Former Iraqi Policemen Buried in ISIL Mass Grave near Mosul," Fars News Agency, November 17, 2016.