Incident Summary:

11/11/1982: A suspected suicide car bomb detonated at an Israeli military headquarters on the outskirts of Tyre city, Tyre district, Lebanon. The headquarters were demolished in the explosion. Early counts indicated that only 15 people were killed; however, over several days, that number rose to 89 casualties. Two groups, Armed Struggle Orgnanization and Military Command of the Lebanese Resistance, claimed responsibility for the incident but authorities suspect the involvement of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

GTD ID:
198211110015

When:
1982-11-11

Country:
Lebanon

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

South

City:
Near Tyre district

Location Details:
An Israeli military headquarters located on the outskirts of Tyre, 15 miles north of the border

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli military
Specific Description An Israeli military headquarters located on the outskirts of Tyre
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Two different groups claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities do not trust the validity of the claims and think the PLO are responsible instead.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Struggle Organization (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Lebanese Resistance Group (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 90 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 90
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Israeli military command announces that death toll in explosion at Israeli…," The New York Times, November 14, 1982.
James F. Clarity, "Israelis killed in blast in southern Lebanon," The New York Times, November 12, 1982.