Incident Summary:

10/17/2020: Assailants abducted 12 Sunni civilians from Farhatiyah, Balad district, Saladin, Iraq. At least eight hostages were killed shortly after the abduction. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sourced attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Sources also suspected the involvement of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Balad district.

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 Sunni Civilians
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?No
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
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq Brigade 42 No
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
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
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"Killing of Sunni youths prompts calls for end to impunity in Iraq," AlMonitor, October 19, 2020.