Incident Summary:

01/01/2019: A suicide bomber detonated at a police station in Ghadduwah, Sabha, Libya. The assailant was the only reported casualty. This was one of two similar suicide attacks in Ghadwa on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to both the Fezzan Province of the Islamic State and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).




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: Police
Name of Entity Libyan National Police (LNP)
Specific Description Station
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 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 Sources noted that the assailant was arrested and brought to the police station prior to the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) No
Fezzan Province of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Hosted Product: Libya Daily Digest January 4, 2019," Libya Digest, January 4, 2019.
"Libya Open Source Highlights: 1-2 Jan," Summary, January 2, 2019.