Incident Summary:

10/10/2013: Assailants stormed the Corinthia Hotel and held Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan hostage for several hours in Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. No casualties were reported. A group referring to themselves as Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (LROR) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Corinthia Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Libya
Specific Description Prime Minister: Ali Zeidan
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The victim stated that the kidnapping plot was organized and executed by member of the Libyan government.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (LROR) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
"Libyan PM Calls Kidnapping Attempted Coup," VOA News, October 11, 2013.
"Libya security chief proud of seizing PM," The Sydney News, October 21, 2013.
"Al-Qaeda Group Kidnaps Libyan PM, Demands US Free Terrorist," Israel National News, October 10, 2013.