Incident Summary:

10/08/2002: Two attackers approached a group of U.S. Marines who were on a break during a training exercise on an island off the coast of Kuwait City. They shot at the Marines killing two before the other Marines opened fire and killed the attackers. No one claimed responsibility for the shooting but Islamic militants were suspected.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kuwait

Location Details:
This attack occurred on an island 12 miles off the coast of Kuwait City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Marines
Specific Description United States Marines off the coast of Kuwait City
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Fouad, Ashraf, "50 held after terror attack on marines," The Daily Telegraph Sydney, Australia), October 11, 2002.
"Attackers in Kuwait trained with al-Qaida," St. Petersburg Times, October 10, 2002.
Elias, Diana, "Kuwait says 15 suspects in custody confess to attacking Marines," Associated Press, October 12, 2002.