Incident Summary:

08/07/2018: Assailants abducted Doctor Khalil Agha in Sheikhan, Lattakia, Syria. Agha, the Sahel Specialist Hospital director, was released on August 14, 2018. No group claimed responsibility; however, the assailants claimed that a powerful Islamist organization was in search of the victim.




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: Business
Name of Entity Sahel Specialist Hospital
Specific Description Director: Doctor Khalil Agha
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 7
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 100000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 18000.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Unknown
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 Ransom amounts conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Singapore: 'Neither war nor peace': Doctors targeted in Syria's lawless rebel region," Channel NewsAsia Online, December 21, 2018.
"Doctors targeted in Syria’s lawless rebel region," Lebanon Daily Star, December 21, 2018.