Incident Summary:

12/11/2015: Assailants abducted Hannibal Muammar Gaddafi, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, in Beqaa district, Beqaa governorate, Lebanon. Gaddafi was released later the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Imam Musa al-Sadr. Additionally, Lebanese officials arrested a former Lebanese Member of Parliament and head of the Amal Movement political party, Hassan Yaaqoub, in connection with the abduction of Gaddafi.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Beqaa district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Libya
Specific Description Son of Former Leader Muammar Gaddafi: Hannibal Muammar Gaddafi
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
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
Ansar al-Imam Musa al-Sadr 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
"Lebanon arrests former MP in Gaddafi case," Gulf News, December 18, 2015.
"Lebanon arrests ex-MP in Qadhafi son's kidnap case," The Gulf Today, December 18, 2015.
"Lebanon arrests former MP in connection with Kadhafi kidnap case," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, December 18, 2015.