Incident Summary:

07/22/2014: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles at an Al-Saiqa Special Forces base in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. The first bomber detonated at the entrance of the base, allowing the second assailant to detonate his explosives inside the base immediately following the first blast. In addition to the two bombers, six Saiqa Forces members were killed and two others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) and the Libya Shield 1 Force.




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: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Al-Saiqa
Specific Description Headquarters
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 Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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. The attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi No
Libya Shield Force No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly suicide blast hits Benghazi army base," Al Jazeera, July 22, 2014.
"Libyan Special Forces Commander Urge Army To 'Save' Benghazi After Bases Attacked," Al-Wasat Online, July 23, 2014.
"Twin suicide attack in Libya's Benghazi kills 4 soldiers," Lebanon Daily Star, July 22, 2014.