Incident Summary:

10/30/2015: Assailants kidnapped Sami Muhammad Tantush, the former Warshafana Council of Wise Men and Shura head, in Siyahiya area, west of Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. The whereabouts of Tantush are unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim fundamentalists.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Tripoli

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Siyahiya area to the west of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Warshafana Council of Wise Men and Shura
Specific Description Former Head: Sami Muhammad Tantush
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Libya security digest Arab Media November 5, 2015," Libya Digest, November 5, 2015.
"Libya security digest Arab Media November 4, 2015," Libya Digest, November 4, 2015.