Incident Summary:

07/13/2014: Assailants attacked Zintan Militia members stationed at Tripoli International Airport in Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. Six people were killed and 25 others were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (LROR), Libya Shield Force, and Misrata Brigades.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Tripoli International Airport.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Tripoli International Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Zintan Militia
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grad rockets, rocket propelled grenades and machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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. Sources suggested that this attack may have been the result of infighting between Libyan militias. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Sources claim that the Hateen Brigade and the 27th Mobile Infantry also participated in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (LROR) No
Libya Shield Force (suspected) Central Libya Shield No
Misrata Brigades No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Rival Factions in Libyan Capital Battle for Control of Main Airport," New York Times, July 14, 2014.
"Rocket Fire at Airport Halts Flights Into Libyan Capital," AFP (World Service), July 13, 2014.
"Update: Militants clashes in Libya's int'l airport kill 6, injure dozens," Xinhua General News Service, July 13, 2014.