Incident Summary:

10/02/2018: Assailants abducted Ahmad al-'Uraybi, the former mayor of Benghazi, along with his son Ali Ahmad al-‘Uraybi in Benghazi, Libya. Uraybi's son was released on November 18, 2018 and the fate of the mayor remains unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Tariq Bin Ziyad militia.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



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 Benghazi
Specific Description Former Mayor: Major General Ahmad al-'Uraybi
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the government was involved in the victims' abduction.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tariq Bin Ziyad militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Libya: Report Says Army Command Denies Presence of Kidnapped Former Benghazi Mayor in Army Prisons," 218 Television Online, October 4, 2018.
"Libya's East Based M Ps Urge Ho R Speaker To Unveil Fate Of Former Benghazi Mayor," The Libya Observer, October 4, 2018.
"Gunmen Abduct Former Benghazi Mayor," The Libya Observer, October 2, 2018.