Incident Summary:

12/22/2013: Assailants attacked Toubou civilians in Ajdabiya town, Wahat district, Libya. At least one person was killed in the assault. Additionally, nine Toubou civilians were abducted and the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities attributed the attack to the Libya Shield Force, the Island Brigade (Libya), and the Zwai Tribe.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Toubou Civilians
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Island Brigade (Libya) No
Libya Shield Force Shield No. 2, Ajdabiya Branch No
Zwai Tribe No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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: Tribal Clashes Raise Fears of Tibu-Al-Zawiyah Conflict Re-escalation," Libya Herald, December 22, 2013.
"SOCAFRICA: Libya Incident Tracker, 16-22 Dec 2013," SOCAFRICA, December 16, 2013.