Incident Summary:

10/15/2014: Assailants used tanks and carried out airstrikes in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. At least 12 people were killed and 10 people were injured in the incident. Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar claimed responsibility, stating the attack was an attempt to liberate the city from February 17 Martyrs Brigade.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Workers
Nationality of Target
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity February 17 Martyrs Brigade
Specific Description Forces
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Other Gun Type
Weapon Details
Aircraft and tanks were used in the attack.
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) 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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haftar Militia Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ex-Libyan general in bid to retake Benghazi," Agence France Presse -- English, October 15, 2014.
"Libya's Benghazi sees battles for control," Al Jazeera, October 15, 2014.
"Clashes in Libya's Benghazi kill at least 3," Associated Press, October 15, 2014.