Incident Summary:

10/27/2015: Assailants shot down a helicopter in Al-Maya area, Jafara district, Libya. At least 19 people were killed in the attack; the victims included senior Operation Dawn officer Colonel Hussein Abu Diyya, General National Congress (GNC) officials, and bank employees. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Army of the Tribes.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity General National Congress (GNC)
Specific Description Officials
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Operation Dawn
Specific Description Helicopter
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
An anti-aircraft gun was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been carried out by Libyan military forces. Additionally, the attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups. 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
Army of the Tribes No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
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
"Libyan helicopter shot down, killing senior Tripoli officers," Reuters, October 27, 2015.
"Death toll from Libyan helicopter downing rises to 19," The Canadian Press, October 28, 2015.
"Libya militia commanders killed as helicopter 'shot down'," Telegraph, October 27, 2015.