Incident Summary:

12/25/2017: Assailants abducted two Swedish Shia Kurds in Kirkuk, Iraq. The hostages were executed on an unspecified date. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for Kirkuk being in Shia control and because the victims were allegedly members of a Shia militia.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



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 Shia Civilians
Nationality of Target Sweden
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
An automatic rifle and a pistol were used in the attack.
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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Swedish Police Probing ISIS Shooting of Two West Sweden Kurdish Shias in Iraq as Possible War Crime,", May 28, 2018.
"ISIS Executes Two Swedish Citizens in Iraq,", May 28, 2018.
"'Likely a First Time': Daesh Reportedly Executes Two Swedish Citizens in Iraq," Sputnik, May 28, 2018.