Incident Summary:

05/18/2017: Assailants attacked Brak al-Shati Airbase near Brak, Wadi Al Shatii, Libya. At least 141 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed during the assault or were executed shortly after. The Misrata Third Force, a subgroup of the Misrata Brigades, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the assault was carried out in retaliation for attacks against an air base controlled by the group. The Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) separately claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Wadi Al Shatii

Near Brak

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Brak Airbase.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Libyan National Army (LNA)
Specific Description Brak al-Shati Airbase
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Misrata Brigades Misrata Third Force Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 141 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 141
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"East Libyan forces launch strikes after air base attack," Reuters UK, May 21, 2017."
"Attack on LNA post near Brak Al-Shatti; smugglers blamed," Libya Herald, November 4, 2017."
"Heavy casualties reported in Libya airbase attack," Deutsche Welle, May 20, 2017."