Incident Summary:

10/23/2017: Assailants abducted three Palestinian workers from a tunnel in Gaza, Gaza Strip, West Bank and Gaza Strip. The three hostages were taken into Egypt and were released on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Sinai Province of the Islamic State.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip


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 Workers
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Sinai Province of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Egypt: Militants Storm Al-Arish Water Tank, Multiple Contractors Working with Military Kidnapped," Mada Masr, October 24, 2017."
"Militants abduct three Palestinian workers at Gaza-Egypt border," Palestine News Agency, October 23, 2017."
"3 Palestinians go missing on Egypt border," Anadolu Ajansi, October 23, 2017."