Incident Summary:

10/02/2014: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles at a Haftar militia checkpoint near the airport in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. In addition to the assailants, at least seven soldiers were killed and 52 others were wounded by the blast. This was one of two coordinated attacks on the militia in the area on this day. The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries claimed responsibility for the incident in coordination with Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) and Libya Shield Forces.




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: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Benina International Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Haftar Militia
Specific Description Checkpoint
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
Weapon Details
Two car bomb were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi No
Libya Shield Force No
Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 52 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 52
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"36 soldiers killed in Benghazi attacks, fighting: Libyan army," Agence France Presse -- English, October 3, 2014.
"Benghazi Bombings Kill 12 Soldiers, Injure 60 Others,", October 2, 2014.
"Breaking News: Seven dead following double suicide bombing at Benina," Libya Herald, October 2, 2014.