Incident Summary:

4/9/1985: A 16-year-old girl drove a car laden with 440 lbs. of explosives into an Israeli Defense Force convoy near the village of Jezzine in southern Lebanon, killing herself and two soldiers. The girl, Sana Mheidleh, was reportedly a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. She left a handwritten note that said "All my life I have been thinking of a revolutionary action. I have decided to fulfill my duty toward the south." A party official claimed that the suicide was Sana's own idea.

GTD ID:
198504090006

When:
1985-04-09

Country:
Lebanon

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

South

City:
Near Jezzine

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Defense Force
Specific Description Convoy of soldiers
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
Weapon Details
A car containing 440 lbs of explosives
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Additional Information This may be the first suicide attack by a female perpetrator.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Syrian Social Nationalist Party Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
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 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Girl who crashed bomb into Israelis first sent mother present," Associated Press, April 11, 1985.
"Two Israelis killed in suicide bombing by 16-year-old girl," Reuters, April 10, 2985.
[Untitled], Associated Press, April 9, 1985.