Incident Summary:

03/24/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a Libyan Army checkpoint in Laythi neighborhood, Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. In addition to the bomber, at least seven people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed and 11 others were injured in the blast. This was one of two suicide bombings in Benghazi on the same day. The Barqa Province of the Islamic State and the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries separately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries stated that the incident was carried out in retaliation for the recent killing of Bouka Al-Araibi. Officials also attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sharia (Libya).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Laithi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Libyan Army
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden armored car was 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 Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) No
Barqa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide car bombing kills 7 soldiers in Libya's Benghazi: sources," Agence France Presse -- English, March 24, 2015.
"UPDATE 3-Islamic State claims suicide bombing in Libya's Benghazi," Reuters Africa, March 25, 2015.
"7 soldiers killed in suicide attack in Libya's Benghazi," Xinhua General News Service, March 24, 2015.