Incident Summary:

06/01/2001: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of young Israelis waiting to enter the Tel Aviv disco Pacha, killing 21 people, 17 instantly, and injuring 100 others. Many nearby cars were damaged as well. The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement HAMAS claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, as did a group calling itself Palestinian Hezbollah.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Israeli civilians
Specific Description A crowd of youths in Tel Aviv standing outside the Pacha nightclub in a Russian immigrant community
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
The explosive contained ball bearings, nails and screws that caused particularly severe injuries when they flew out in all directions.
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 The blast came some 10 days after Sharon declared a unilateral ceasefire with the Palestinians. The Ezzeddin al-Kassam Brigades, the armed wing of HAMAS, claimed responsibility for the attack two days later via a fax to Agence France Presse.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Palestinian Hezbollah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Israeli girl's death brings Tel Aviv bomb toll to 22,” Agence France Presse, June 19, 2001.
Dan Perry, “Israel: Suicide bomber kills 17,” Associated Press Online, June 2, 2001.
“Hamas claims Tel Aviv suicide bomb,” Agence France Presse, June 3, 2001.