Incident Summary:

11/13/2014: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at the United Arab Emirates embassy in Tripoli city, Libya. This was one of two attacks on embassies in Tripoli on this date. At least two security guards were wounded across both blasts. Tripoli Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility; however, the Libyan opposition government alternatively attributed the incident to the Haftar militia. Other sources also attributed the incident to Ansar al-Sharia (Libya).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Embassy
Nationality of Target United Arab Emirates
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) No
Haftar Militia No
Tripoli Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb explodes outside Egyptian embassy in Libya," CNN, November 13, 2014.
"Car bombs target Egypt, UAE embassies in Libya's Tripoli," Xinhua News Agency, November 13, 2014.
"Car Bombs Target Egyptian, UAE Embassy in Libya," ABC News, November 13, 2014.