Incident Summary:

06/01/2014: Assailants launched an airstrike against an Ansar al-Sharia base in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. The rockets missed their target and struck a university, wounding two people. This was one of three related airstrikes in Benghazi on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed it to the Haftar militia.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Benghazi
Specific Description Engineering Faculty
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Ansar al-Sharia
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
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.)
Weapon Details
Rockets fired from an aircraft were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haftar Militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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 0
"Jet bombs Islamists' base in Libya's Benghazi," The Associated Press, June 1, 2014.
"Libyan jets bomb rebel bases in Benghazi," Al Jazeera, June 1, 2014.
"Warplane targets Islamist base, hits university in Libya's Benghazi," Reuters, June 1, 2014.