Incident Summary:

10/04/2017: At least three suicide bombers detonated at the court complex in Misrata city, Libya. In addition to the three assailants, at least four people were killed and 21 other people were injured in the blast. An explosives-laden vehicle was defused at the scene following the attack. The Tripoli Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Misrata
Specific Description Court Complex
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Hyundai vehicle containing 156 kilograms of anti-armor shells and TNT and explosives-laden belts 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tripoli Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Xinhua: News Analysis: IS Continues To Show Presence In Libya," Xinhua, October 6, 2017."
"Xinhua: IS Claims Attack On Libya's Misrata Court Complex," Xinhua, October 4, 2017."
"Misrata court blast sparks wide condemnation," The Libya Observer, October 4, 2017."