Incident Summary:

05/04/2019: Assailants armed with firearms and knives attacked the Libyan National Army's (LNA) 73 Infantry Brigade in Sabha, Libya. At least seven soldiers were killed in the attack. This was one of three related attacks on the LNA in Sabha on this date. The Fezzan Province of the Islamic State, the Sumud Brigade, and the Misrata Brigades each separately claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Libyan Army
Specific Description 73 Infantry Brigade Camp
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms and knives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. It is unclear if the attack was committed by a group affiliated with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). Casualty 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Misrata Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Sumud Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"IS claims deadly attack on Libya's LNA forces in Sabha," BBC Monitoring, May 4, 2019.
"Libya's LNA attacked in Sabha, at least 7 killed," BBC Monitoring, May 4, 2019.
"Libya: Websites Report on Pro-Haftar Sabha Camp Attack; ISIS, Other Groups Claim Responsibility," Summary, May 4, 2019.