Incident Summary:

10/26/2000: A Palestinian suicide bicycle bomber blew himself up next to an Israeli army post in the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip, slightly injuring an Israeli soldier.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Gaza Strip

Near Khan Yunis

Location Details:
This incident occurred between the Palestinian town of Khan Younis and the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israeli Army
Specific Description Israeli Army post in the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An Islamic militant on a bicycle with a backpack full of explosives rode into an Israeli army outpost wall.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This suicide bombing heightened fears that Israel could face a renewed wave of blasts, similar to the attacks on buses, markets and other public places that left scores dead in the mid-1990s.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sergei Shargorodsky, “Bomb campaign fears; Israel braces after suicide attack on army post”, The Advertiser, October 28, 2000.
Jean-Pierre Campagne, “Mourning a martyr - Suicide bomber on bicycle”, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), October 28, 2000.
“Bike bomber”, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia), October 27, 2000.