Incident Summary:

12/15/2015: Assailants abducted Pierre Baldacchino in Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. Baldacchino, the general manager of St. James Hospital, was rescued by Rada Deterrent Forces in Ghajn Zahra, Libya, on December 21, 2015. No group claimed responsibility for the abduction.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity St. James Hospital
Specific Description Manager: Pierre Baldacchino
Nationality of Target Malta
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 6
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 5677746.98
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded $5677746.98 (5 million euros) as a ransom for the release of the hostage victim; however, no ransom was paid.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
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
"Libya: Video shows Maltese hostage Pierre Baldacchino break down after Tripoli kidnapping ordeal," International Business Times UK, December 22, 2015.
"Imam expresses concern over abduction of Maltese national in Tripoli," MaltaToday, December 19, 2015.
"Updated (2) - Watch: Pierre Baldacchino rescued; 'I was afraid of not seeing my kids again'," Malta Independent Daily, December 22, 2015.