Incident Summary:

10/02/2017: Assailants overtook the town and abducted approximately 128 residents in Qaryatayn, Homs, Syria. All 128 hostages were executed by the assailants over the next 19 days before the town was retaken by security forces on October 21, 2017. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Palmyra district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity al-Qaryatayn Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 128
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 19
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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 most recent 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 50
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 128 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 128
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
"The Latest: IS militants came to Syrian town with hit list," Associated Press International, October 23, 2017.
"Report: Islamic State killed at least 128 people in Syrian town," Jerusalem Post, October 23, 2017.
"Officials: Islamic State killed dozens before being run out of Syria town," UPI, October 23, 2017.