Incident Summary:

12/23/2016: Assailants abducted 15 Egyptian laborers in Ajdabia, Wahat, Libya. One hostage was killed as of January 17, 2017 and 13 hostages were released on February 14, 2016. The fate of the remaining hostage is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




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 Laborers
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 15
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 220690.08
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"13 Egyptians kidnapped in Libya freed," The Gulf Today, February 14, 2017."
"Egypt- Families of alleged kidnapped workers in Libya stage protest near Press Syndicate," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), January 22, 2017."
"Egyptian army frees 13 abducted nationals in Libya," Xinhua General News Service, February 14, 2017."