|Date||August 1, 1985|
|Injured||Multiple people abducted|
|Perpetrators||Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) and Gaddafi loyalists|
|Motive||Unknown; those kidnapped later traded for release of Said Al Nasr|
The Silco Incident involves the kidnapping of the Belgian-French family Houtekins-Kets by the Libyan government from their yacht Silco in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea on August 1, 1985.
Capture and release
The Belgian part of the family was held for almost five years of captivity in Libya, but were freed after the release of Said Al Nasr (who was convicted in the early 1980s for throwing a hand grenade into a group of Jewish children in Antwerp in the 1980 Antwerp summer camp attack) for the family, in Cairo, Egypt, on January 12, 1991. The French part of the family were released somewhat earlier, when the French government negotiated their freedom with the Libyan government.
- ^ "FREED HOSTAGES 'IN BELGIAN HANDS' FAMILY HEADS HOME AFTER PALESTINIAN GUERRILLA LEAVES PRISON NEAR BRUSSELS". Orlando Sentinel. Reuters. 13 January 1991. ProQuest 277798387.
- ""We hebben zes jaar van ons leven gemist"; Familie Houtekins spreekt voor het eerst na gijzeling in Libie". Het Nieuwsblad. 2005-03-24.
- ""Een vergissing van bijna zes jaar; Verbitterde familie Houtekins doorbreekt na 14 jaar de stilte". De Standaard. 2005-03-23.
- "Vijfeneenhalf jaar in een wachtkamer". De Standaard. 2003-03-25.
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