Incident Summary:

06/12/2015: Assailants kidnapped ten employees from the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. Three of the victims were released on 06/16/2015. The remaining eight were released on June 18, 2015. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Medfaiyah Wal-Sewarigh Brigade.




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: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Employees of Consulate
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 6
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Medfaiyah Wal-Sewarigh Brigade 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
"Three kidnapped Tunisian consular staff freed in Libya: official," Reuters, June 16, 2015.
"Libya: Report Claims Setting All Tunisian Diplomats Free After Tunisia's Release of Libyan Captive," Libya Herald, June 18, 2015.
"Tunisia diplomatic staff kidnapped in Tripoli in good condition - official," Reuters UK, June 13, 2015.