Incident Summary:

12/14/2016: Assailants executed 28 security force and Sahwa Council members in Hawijah district, Kirkuk, Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident, noting the victims were accused of being spies.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Hawijah district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iraqi Army
Specific Description Recruits
Nationality of Target Iraq
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Sahwa Council
Specific Description Recruits
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 28
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 28 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 28
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
"Iraq: Security Roundup 1900 GMT 15 December 2016," Summary, December 15, 2016."
"Iraq: Security Roundup 1900 GMT 14 December 2016," Summary, December 14, 2016."
"Islamic State reportedly kills 28 army recruits in Iraq," Al-Sumariyah News, December 14, 2016."