Incident Summary:

10/17/2015: An explosive device planted in the vehicle of Sheikh Mohammed Bodiam detonated in Ajdabiya, Wahat district, Libya. Bodiam, a Salafi imam, was injured and his nephew was killed in the blast. The Barqa Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Bodiam was targeted because the group believed he was an apostate.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Khalid Bin Walid Mosque
Specific Description Vehicle of Imam: Sheikh Mohammed Bodiam
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/Bombs/Dynamite Sticky Bomb
Weapon Details
An explosive device attached underneath a car was 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 The victims included Emad.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Barqa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"IED attack kill imam's nephew in Libya's Cyrenaica," Jane's, October 22, 2015.
"Libya security digest Arab Media October 19, 2015," Libya Digest, October 19, 2015.