Incident Summary:

07/19/2015: Assailants kidnapped four Italian construction workers in Mellitah, Nuqat Al Khams, Libya. Two of the victims were killed on March 3, 2016 while the other two hostages were rescued the folowing day, on March 4, 2016. The Tripoli Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the group carried out the abducton in order to exchange the victims for a ransom. Sources also attributed the attack to the Army of the Tribes.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Nuqat Al Khams


Location Details:
The incident occurred near the town of Zuwara.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bonatti
Specific Description Construction Workers: Filippo Calcagno, Salvatore Failla, Fausto Piano
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 229
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Additional Information The victims included Filippo Calcagno, Salvatore Failla, Fausto Piano and Gino Tullicardo.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of the Tribes No
Tripoli Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"4 Italian construction workers kidnapped in Libya," CNN, July 20, 2015.
"Four Italians kidnapped in Libya," BBC, July 20, 2015.
"3 ISIS militants nabbed for Bonatti (6),", March 16, 2018.