Incident Summary:

10/23/2015: Assailants fired mortars at a group of protesters at Al-Keesh Square in Benghazi city, Benghazi district, Libya. At least 12 people were killed and 39 others were injured in the attack. The Free Libya Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Barqa Province of the Islamic State and Ansar al-Sharia (Libya). The attack was also attributed to the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, who denied involvement.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Al-Keesh Square area.

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 Protesters
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Mortars and 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 attack 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
Free Libya Martyrs Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 39 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 39
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nine killed after mortars hit protest in Libyas Benghazi," Reuters, October 24, 2015.
"Libya anti-peace deal rally shelling toll 12," Himalayan Times, October 26, 2015.
"Mortar attack on protest rally in Benghazi, Libya leaves nine dead," Deutsche Welle, October 24, 2015.