Incident Summary:

08/09/2001: A Hamas suicide bomber detonated a 5-10kg bomb concealed inside a guitar case packed with nails, screws, and bolts inside a Sbarro pizzeria in central Jerusalem, Israel around 2 p.m. Including the perpetrator, 16 people were killed and approximately 130 were wounded. The restaurant suffered extensive damage.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
King George Street and Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians inside a Sbarro's pizzeria in Jerusalem, Israel
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Sbarro
Specific Description A Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, Israel
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 weapon was a 5-10kg bomb concealed in a guitar case packed with nails, screws, and bolts.
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 Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) claimed responsibility for the attack via a fax sent to The Associated Press office in Beirut, Lebanon. PIJ claimed the bomber was Hussein Omar Abu Amsheh. However, PIJ later recanted its claim due to a case of confused identity regarding the bomber. The casualties included seven children killed. Two Americans, Judith Greenbaum of New Jersey, and Malka Roth of Jerusalem, were killed. Another, Hanna Tova Nachemberg, of New York City, was critically wounded.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 130 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 130
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israeli restaurant bombed; Deaths, injuries reported at pizzeria," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 9, 2001.
Bob, Kappstatter, "Suicide bomb kills 18 Infants Among Dead Over 80 hurt in Jerusalem Sbarro blast," Daily News (New York), August 9, 2001.
Greg Myre, "Suicide bombing in Jerusalem pizza restaurant kills 15, including American woman," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, August 9, 2001.