Incident Summary:

03/03/2015: Assailants abducted Khalifa Majid Harun 'Abd al-Salam and Munir Ali 'Abd al-Qadir near Derna city, Derna district, Libya. Al-Salam, a military colonel and Al-Qadir, a National Security Directorate (NSD) officer, were executed the same day. Barqa Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the Abu Salim Martyr's Brigade may have been involved in the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Derna

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Libyan Army
Specific Description Husayn al-Juwayfi Battalion Colonel: Khalifa Majid Harun ‘Abd al-Salam
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Security Directorate (NSD)
Specific Description Officer: Munir Ali 'Abd al-Qadir
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A pistol and an automatic weapon 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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abu Salim Martyr's Brigade (suspected) No
Barqa Province of the Islamic State (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Libya: 2 Soldiers Reportedly Shot Dead by Unidentified Group in Darnah," Libya Herald, March 5, 2015.
"Libya security digest March 6, 2015," Libya Digest, March 6, 2015.