Incident Summary:

7/17/1981: Mohammed Shabata, a supporter of the Muammar Qaddafi regime, shot and killed fellow countryman Nabil Abuzed Mansour in Ogden, Utah, United States. At the time, Mansour was resisting calls from the Libyan government to return home. Authorities were unsure whether Mansour was killed on the orders of Qaddafi or if his death just represented an argument between two Libyan students.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Anti-Qaddafi dissidents in the United States
Specific Description Nabil Abuzed Mansour
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
.22 caliber gun
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Nabil Mansour was last seen on July 9th and his body was discovered on July 17th. When Mohammed Shabata was captured, he was at an airport waiting to fly back to Libya. Shabata shot Mansour five times in the head and upper body.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Qaddaffis No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Vern Anderson, "Domestic News," Associated Press, December 3, 1981."
"Libyan Given Maximum Sentence for Killing Fellow Countryman," United Press International, December 2, 1981."
"Bob Kuesterman, "Witness Says Libyan Murder Defendant Was Khadafy Supporter," Associated Press, November 19, 1981."