Incident Summary:

08/30/2014: Assailants attacked Tawurgha refugee camp in Tripoli city, Tripoli district, Libya. Three people were wounded and five others were abducted in the attack. One hostage was killed; however, the fate of the remaining four hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however; sources attributed the attack to the Libya Shield Force.




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 Tawurgha Camp
Specific Description Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Libya Shield Force No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Refugee camp attack in Tripoli sparks outrage," Middle East Eye, August 31, 2014.
"Libya: Open Source Highlights 1 September 2014," OSC Summary, August 31, 2014.
"SOCAFRICA: Libya Incident Tracker: 30 August – 05 September 2014," SOCAFRICA, August 30, 2014.