Incident Summary:

05/09/2019: Assailants attacked Ghadduwah, Sabha, Libya. Two people were killed, several others were injured, and another four people were abducted in the attack. The outcome of the abduction is unknown. The Fezzan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201905090015

When:
2019-05-09

Country:
Libya

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sabha

City:
Ghadduwah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Libyan Army
Specific Description Houses of Soldiers
Nationality of Target Libya
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ghadduwah Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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
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 lowest 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.)
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
Sources
"Two killed in gunmen attack on Ghadduwah town - southern Libya," The Libya Observer, May 9, 2019.
"2 killed in IS attack in southern Libya," Xinhua General News Service, May 9, 2019.
"2 civilians dead in Libya attack claimed by IS," France24, May 9, 2019.