Incident Summary:

12/18/2016: Assailants raided a castle and took several people hostage while shooting at a nearby police station in Karak, Jordan. At least 14 people were killed and 29 people were injured before security forces gained control of the castle. The casualties included security forces, tourists, and four assailants. At least ten hostages were rescued by security forces while the remaining hostages were killed during the assault. This was one of three coordinated attacks in the area on the same day. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Jordanian Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Jordan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Jordan
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenades and machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Lieutenant Colonel Saed Maaytah, Corporal Mohammad Banawi, Corporal Shafi Shurufat, Warrant Officer Yazan Saanoun, Warrant Officer Suhaib Sawaeer, Sergeant Alaa Nuaimi, Officer Hakem Harassees, Jordanian citizens Ibrahim Bashabsheh and Dia Shamaileh, and Canadian citizen Linda Vatcher, and two Malaysian tourists.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISIS claims Jordan attack," CNN, December 20, 2016.
"Deadly shootings hit police, tourists in Karak," Al Jazeera, December 18, 2016.
"23 among injured in Karak terror attack discharged from hospital," Jordan Times Online, December 23, 2016.