Incident Summary:

11/15/2013: Armed protesters gathered outside the Mistrata Brigades militia headquarters to protest their presence in Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. The militia responded by opening fire, killing at least 42 people and injuring at least 400 others. Both groups claim the other was responsible for initiating the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Misrata Brigades (MUR)
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades were used in the 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. It is unclear whether the protesters intended to initiate the attack when they began demonstrating.
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 42 Fatalities / 400 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 42
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 400
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Fresh militia clashes erupt in Libya," BBC, November 16, 2013."
"Clashes erupt in Libya as PM calls for calm, toll at 42," Oman Tribune, November 17, 2013."
"Xinhua: 4th LD Writethru: 31 Killed In Attack On Anti Militia Protesters In Libya Capital," Xinhua, November 16, 2013."