Incident Summary:

05/19/2016: Assailants fired a missile that struck near a hospital in Benghazi, Libya. At least two people were killed and nine people were injured in the blast. Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) claimed responsibility for the incident.




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: Business
Name of Entity Benghazi Children's Hospital
Specific Description Hospital
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A missile 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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Libya) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Libya: Benghazi Militants Prevent LNA’s Full Control Over City Despite Official Claims Of Victory," Libya Herald, May 26, 2016.
"Hosted Product: Libya Counterterrorism Weekly May 17-23, 2016," Libya Digest, May 30, 2016.
"Hosted Product: Libya Daily Digest May 20, 2016," Libya Digest, May 20, 2016.