Incident Summary:

04/15/2016: Assailants equipped with explosives-laden vehicles attacked military positions in Al-Hawary, Benghazi, Libya. At least five assailants and six soldiers were killed and 25 soldiers were wounded in the assault. The Barqa Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



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

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Libya
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Multiple explosives-laden vehicles, including an armored vehicle, were 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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
Barqa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"At least 15 security personnel killed in attacks in Benghazi," East African Standard, April 17, 2016."
"World: At least 15 security personnel killed in attacks in Benghazi," East African Standard, April 17, 2016."
"ISIS claims Libya suicide attack says SITE," ANSAmed, April 15, 2016."