Incident Summary:

12/00/2017: Sometime between December 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, assailants abducted four people, including Jolly Bimbachi, Sean Moore, Omar Ahmad, and Abdal-Geniy Ahmad, in an unknown area of Syria. Bimbachi and Moore were attempting to travel through Syria from Lebanon in the hopes of arriving safely at the Canadian Embassy in Turkey with Bimbachi's children. As the four people were being smuggled through the country, they were eventually handed over to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham members. Bimbachi's children were returned to her husband in Lebanon on an unknown date. Bimbachi and Moore were released as of February 5, 2018. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.




Middle East & North Africa

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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 Civilians: Jolly Bimbachi, Sean Moore, Omar Ahmad
Nationality of Target Canada
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Additional Information The victims included Abdal-Geniy Ahmad.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham 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
"Mother, held in Syria after trying to bring sons home, arrives in Ottawa," Ottawa Citizen, February 8, 2018.
"Jolly Bimbachi, mother held by al-Qaeda affiliate, returns to Canada," CBC, February 8, 2018.
"Syria raids kill 30 near Damascus as war of words escalates over chlorine use," Hindustan Times, February 6, 2018.