Incident Summary:

01/15/2018: Assailants attacked the Mitiga military airport near Tripoli, Libya. The assault was an attempt to release Tripoli Province of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda prisoners held at the airport. At least 20 people were killed and 69 others were injured in the incident. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources attributed the attack to the Bashir al-Baqarah militia.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Tripoli

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Libya
Specific Description Mitiga Military Airport
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
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Claimed Responsibility
Bashir al-Baqarah militia No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 69 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 69
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Libyan Interim Government's Religious Body Blames Shaykh Al-Gharyani for Attack on Mitiga Airport," Al-Marsad, January 17, 2018.
"Death Toll of Libya's Airport Attack Hits 20," CNC World, January 16, 2018.
"Airport clashes leave 11 dead in Libyan capital," Anadolu Ajansi, January 15, 2018.