Incident Summary:

04/15/2014: Assailants opened fire on the convoy of Fawaz al-Etan in Mansour neighborhood, Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. Al-Etan, a Jordanian ambassador, was abducted and his driver was wounded in the attack. Al-Etan was released on May 13, 2014. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the abduction to the Libya Shield Force.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Mansour neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Ambassador: Fawaz al-Etan
Nationality of Target Jordan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 28
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Libya Shield Force Wissam bin Hamid Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kidnapped Jordan envoy freed in swap for jihadist," Agence France Presse -- English, May 13, 2014.
"Gunmen kidnap Jordan envoy to Libya, wound driver," Agence France Presse -- English, April 15, 2014.
"Jordan's ambassador to Libya kidnapped after gunmen attack his car," Reuters, April 15, 2014.