Incident Summary:

01/02/2014: Gunmen opened fire on Mark De Salis and Lynn Howie as they ate lunch on a beach in near Sabratah town, Zawiya district, Libya. De Salis, a British oil executive, and Howie, a citizen of New Zealand, were killed in the attack. Jund Al-Islam claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the couple was targeted for being foreign spies.

GTD ID:
201401020030

When:
2014-01-02

Country:
Libya

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Zawiya

City:
Near Sabratah

Location Details:
Incident occurred in Mellitah area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Mark De Salis
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Lynn Howie
Nationality of Target New Zealand
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jund al-Islam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
Sources
"Briton killed in Libya named; kin 'devastated'," The Gulf Today, January 5, 2014."
"Briton 'shot dead in western Libya'," BBC, January 2, 2014."
"Pictured: British energy worker Mark De Salis who was found executed with New Zealand woman on Libyan beach," Mirror.co.uk, January 5, 2014."