Incident Summary:

11/26/2018: Assailants abducted at least three civilians in Umm al-Aranib, Murzuq, Libya. At least one hostage escaped and two other hostages were freed a short while later. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the Fezzan Province of the Islamic State was involved in the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Umm al-Aranib

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: Abd-as-Salam Muhammad az-Zaydani, Hamid Abd-al-Ghani az-Zaydani, Ali Salih ar-Rashid az-Zaydani
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
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) No
Additional Information The victims included a civilian, Abd-as-Salam Ramadan. Two of the hostages were released. The remaining victim escaped. Hostages numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fezzan Province of the Islamic State (suspected) 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
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