Incident Summary:

07/08/2017: Assailants abducted 28 Sunni refugees in Jurf al-Sakhar, Babil, Iraq. At least 20 hostages were killed as of July 12, 2017 while the fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities arrested Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq members in connection with the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to Kata'ib Hezbollah.

GTD ID:
201707080012

When:
2017-07-08

Country:
Iraq

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Babil

City:
Jurf al-Sakhar

Attack Information
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 Sunni Refugees
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 28
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
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
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq No
Kata'ib Hezbollah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 20
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
Sources
"Parliament chief says kidnapping of Sunnis in Babel “intolerable”," Iraqi News, July 9, 2017."
"Iraq strikes Islamic State in Mosul days after declaring victory," The Nation Pakistan, July 12, 2017."