Incident Summary:

11/08/2015: Assailants attacked a convoy carrying the Serbian ambassador to Tunisia while traveling through Sabratha city, Nuqat Al Khams district, Libya. Two support staff, Sladjana Stankovic, and driver Jovica Stepic, were abducted in the siege. The two hostages were killed on February 19th, 2016. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, they were killed while in the possession of Tripoli Province of the Islamic State.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Nuqat Al Khams


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Convoy of Ambassador: Oliver Potezica
Nationality of Target Serbia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 103
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 two hostage victims were killed by United States airstrikes on February 19, 2016 while still being held hostage by the assailants.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tripoli Province of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Two abducted Serbs killed in U.S. Libya raids on Islamic State," Reuters, February 20, 2016.
"Belgrade - Two Serbia embassy employees abducted in Libya: govt," AFP (North European Service), November 8, 2015.
"2 Serbian Embassy employees abducted in Libya," Business Insider, November 8, 2015.