Incident Summary:

10/29/2015: Assailants abducted journalist Mohamed Neili outside of his home in Tripoli, Libya. Neili, a Xinhua News Agency photographer, was released on November 27, 2015. No group 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: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Xinhua News Agency
Specific Description Photographer: Mohamed Neili
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 29
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 367840.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes The assailants initially demanded $367840 dollars (500,000 Libyan dinars). The assailants later reduced their ransom demands to $220,178.41 (300,000 Libyan dinars). The ransom amount paid to the assailants is unknown.
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
Unknown 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
"CPJ concerned for safety of photojournalist missing in Libya," CPJ Press Freedom, November 17, 2015.
"Deep concern : Journalists repeatedly targeted by Libyan militias," Reporters Sans Frontieres, November 11, 2015.
"Libya security digest Arab Media November 4, 2015," Libya Digest, November 4, 2015.