Incident Summary:

12/30/2015: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Al-Bashiri al-Hasnawi in Nawfaliya town, Sirte district, Libya. Al-Hasnawi, the secretary to the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs undersecretary, was injured and abducted while two other people were killed in the assault. Al-Hasnawi was released on January 17, 2016. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Secretary of Undersecretary: Al-Bashiri al-Hasnawi
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 18
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
Tripoli Province of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Libya Daily Digest January 18, 2016," Libya Digest, January 18, 2016.
"Libya Weekly Report Jihadism Counter-Terrorism January 5, 2016," Libya Digest, January 5, 2016.