Incident Summary:

04/09/2019: Assailants raided Fuqaha town in Jufra, Libya. At least two people, a local council official and a municipal guard member, were killed and one person was abducted in the attack. The hostage was rescued by security forces later the same day. The assailants also set fire to houses and the local guard headquarters. The Fezzan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Al-Fuqha
Specific Description Local Council Member: Ahmed Sassi
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Al-Fuqha Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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/hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fezzan Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Libya mayor says Islamic State attackers killed," Al-Wasat Online, April 9, 2019.
"Hosted Product: Libya Press Review Security Arab Sources April 10, 2019," Libya Foreign and Domestic Affairs Digest, April 10, 2019.