Incident Summary:

05/18/2019: Assailants opened fire on a checkpoint at an oil field in Zillah, Jufra, Libya. At least two guards were killed and four others were kidnapped during the attack. Three of the hostages were successfully rescued and another escaped on the same day of the abduction. The Fezzan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Zillah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity National Oil Corporation (NOC)
Specific Description Oil Field Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Libya
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Two killed in Islamic State attack in Libya," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 18, 2019.
"IS strikes Libya oil facility, two killed," Journal du Cameroun, May 19, 2019.
"Libyan officials: Militants kill 3 troops at LNA checkpoint," Lebanon Daily Star, May 18, 2019.