Incident Summary:

01/07/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a police training facility in Suq al-Thulatha neighborhood, Misrata district, Libya. In addition to the assailant, at least 65 people were killed and 100 people were injured in the blast; the victims included civilians and police officers. The Tripoli Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Suq al-Thulatha

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Zliten.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Libyan Coast Guard
Specific Description Training Facility
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden water truck was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tripoli Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 66 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 66
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Truck bomb attack targets Libyan army academy," Al Jazeera, January 7, 2016."
"An Islamic State affiliate claims credit for deadly truck bomb attack on Libyan police base," 570News, January 8, 2016."
"Truck bomb kills 65 in Libya," The Gulf Today, January 8, 2016."