Incident Summary:

08/01/2018: Assailants set up a fake checkpoint and abducted at least three Khazraj tribal leaders near Dujail, Saladin, Iraq. The hostages were killed and their bodies were discovered later the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Dujail

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 Tribal Leaders
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
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
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
"Tribe, Hashd al-Shaabi faction clash in Iraq's Saladin," Anadolu Ajansi, August 2, 2018.
"3 tribesmen kidnapped on way back from policeman’s funeral found killed in Salahuddin," Iraqi News, August 1, 2018.
"Iraqi forces find 3 bodies of kidnapped tribal leaders in central Iraq," Xinhua News Agency, August 1, 2018.