Incident Summary:

12/25/2018: Assailants abducted at least 12 civilians from Mabdad, near Rashad, Kirkuk, Iraq. Six hostages were rescued as of December 31, 2018, and an unknown number of others were released before then. The fate of the remaining hostages remains unknown. This was one of two related attacks near Rashad on this date. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Rashad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Al-Mubadad Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Kirkuk Province of the Islamic State 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 in Iraq's Kirkuk free six IS hostages," Kirkuk Now, December 31, 2018.
"Islamic State kidnaps 19 people in two separate attacks outside Kirkuk," Kurdistan 24, December 25, 2018.
"Daesh kidnaps 19 civilians in Iraq’s Kirkuk," Anadolu Ajansi, December 25, 2018.