Incident Summary:

03/15/2017: Assailants abducted Abdullah Jan and his driver along Brewery Road in Wahdat Colony neighborhood, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. The driver was injured and released that day while Jan, the Federal Ministry of Education Secretary for Higher Education, was released on July 26, 2017. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on Brewery Road in the Wahdat Colony neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Federal Ministry of Education
Specific Description Secretary for Higher Education: Abdullah Jan
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 133
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 9489920.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded $9,489,920 (1 billion Pakistani Rupees) for the hostage. The ransom demand was lowered to $237,248 (250 million Pakistani Rupees).
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Kidnapped Balochistan official returns," DAWN Group, July 27, 2017."
"Senior govt official kidnapped in Quetta," Dawn (Pakistan), March 16, 2017."
"Balochistan secretary education kidnapped," Business Recorder, March 16, 2017."