Incident Summary:

10/16/2018: Assailants poisoned and abducted 12 security personnel in Mirjaveh, Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. The hostages were taken into Pakistan. At least five hostages were released as of November 15, 2018 and four additional hostages were released on March 22, 2019. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in response to the repression of members of the Sunni Muslim community within Iran.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sistan and Baluchestan


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Iran Border Guard Police
Specific Description Guards
Nationality of Target Iran
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Basij
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Drugs 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Five of the hostages were released on November 15th, 2018. The whereabouts of the remaining hostages are unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jaish al-Adl Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Security forces recover four abducted Iranian soldiers," Pakistan Today, March 20, 2019.
"5 Iranian guards abducted at Pak border released," The Gulf Today, November 15, 2018.
"Extremists claim responsibility for Iran troops abduction," Jordan Times, October 22, 2018.