Terrorism & Insurgency

Suicide attack on Misratan courthouse indicates rising terrorism risks in western Libya’s urban centres

05 October 2017


Mistratah’s central court complex was attacked by three men in a co-ordinated assault on 4 October 2017.

The men entered a courtroom as it was in session and began to fire their weapons, according to witnesses. Following an exchange of fire with security personnel, two of the attackers detonated explosive suicide vests. A vehicle-borne improved explosive device (VBIED) containing 154 kg of explosives failed to detonate, and was defused outside the court complex. At least four people were killed and more than 25 injured during the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State via the group’s Amaq news agency.

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