Incident Summary:

12/31/2015: Assailants abducted 20 Egyptian civilians in Zillah city, Jufra district, Libya. All 20 hostages were released on January 16, 2016. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by the Fezzan Province of the Islamic State. The attack was also attributed to Gaddafi loyalists.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 20
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 16
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fezzan Province of the Islamic State (suspected) No
Qaddafi loyalists 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
"20 Egyptian captives return from Libya, one remains," Egypt Independent, January 19, 2016.
"21 abducted nationals released in Libya," Cairo Post, January 17, 2016.
"Libya Daily Digest January 20, 2016," Libya Digest, January 20, 2016.