Incident Summary:

03/00/2014: Sometime between March 1, 2014 and March 8, 2014, at least three assailants hijacked the Morning Glory, a former North Korea-flagged oil vessel, and took its 21 crew members hostage from As-Sidr town, Sirte district, Libya. The 21 hostages were released after United States (US) Navy Seals stormed and took control of the ship near Cyprus on March 16, 2014. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Cyrenaica Self-Defense Force.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


As Sidr

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Morning Glory Oil Tanker
Nationality of Target North Korea
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Crew Members
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 21
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two AK-47 assault rifles 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Cyrenaica Self-Defense Force No
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
"U.S. Navy SEALs board tanker carrying oil from Libya rebel port," Reuters, March 17, 2014.
"US Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship: Pentagon," Agence France Presse -- English, March 17, 2014.
"Libya asks UN, world for help after wave of bombings and violence," Oman Observer, March 20, 2014.