Incident Summary:

08/21/2001: A car bomb exploded outside the police headquarters and jailhouse in Jerusalem, Israel. A second, larger bomb was found and defused in the same vehicle. The attack was claimed by the Popular Army Front-Return Battalions and the People's Army's Pioneers; no injuries were caused.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israeli Law Enforcement
Specific Description Israeli Police Headquarters
Nationality of Target Israel
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 Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 People's Army's Pioneers was called an unknown Fatah organization.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Army's Pioneers Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Popular Army Vanguards- Battalions of Return Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Palestinian group claims Jerusalem bomb attack, none injured in blast” Agence France Presse, August 21, 2001.
“Arafat agrees to talks with Peres - U.S.-Arab summit?,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 21, 2001.
“Israeli police disarm car bomb in Jerusalem," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 22, 2001.