Incident Summary:

12/02/2016: Two female suicide bombers detonated targeting Solid Structure forces in Sirte, Libya. In addition to the two assailants, four Solid Structure members were killed and at least 38 others were injured in the blast. This was one of two similar attacks in Sirte on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State.




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: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Operation Solid Structure
Specific Description Forces
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers 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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 38 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 38
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Women bombers emerge from Islamic State redoubt to attack Libyan forces," Reuters India, December 2, 2016."
"Hosted Product: Libya Counterterrorism Weekly November 29 - December 5, 2016," Libya Digest, December 15, 2016."
"Islamic State in Libya suspected of using women as suicide bombers," International Business Times UK, December 4, 2016."