Incident Summary:

12/11/2011: A gun fight between members of the Libyan Army and the Zintani militia erupted after the militiamen opened fire on a car when its driver refused to stop at a checkpoint that the group had established near Tripoli's main international airport in Tripoli, Libya. The vehicle was carrying Major-General Khalifa Haftar, the head of Libya's ground forces. Major General Haftar and the other passengers in the vehicle escaped the attack unharmed. Two militia members were arrested after an extended gun battle with security forces near a highway leading to the airport. A spokesman for the Zintani militia denied the Army's account of the incident, claiming that it was Major-General Haftar's bodyguards that first opened fire on the militia members. The group's spokesman also claimed that two militiamen were injured in the firefight. There were no reports of property damage in this incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack occurred approximately 3km from Tripoli International Airport

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Libyan Army
Specific Description Libyan soldiers
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in this attack.
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
Zintani Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 2
"Libya's army chief escapes assassination attempt," Press Trust of India, December 11, 2011.
"Libya-Transition," Middle East Reporter, December 12, 2011.