Incident Summary:

05/14/2015: Assailants launched rockets at a residential area Al-Salam neighborhood, Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. At least 10 people were killed and 8 others were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Barqa Province of the Islamic State and Ansar al-Sharia (Libya).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Al-Salam neighborhood of the city

Attack Information
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 Residence
Nationality of Target Libya
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Rockets 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) No
Barqa Province of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Shelling in eastern Libya kills 8, including 7 children," The Associated Press, May 15, 2015.
"Random shelling kills 8, including 7 children in Libya's Benghazi," Xinhua News Agency, May 15, 2015.
"Libya Daily Digest April 18, 2015," Libya Digest, May 18, 2015.