Incident Summary:

12/11/2003: A letter bomb addressed to Ahmed Al Jarallah, the editor in chief of Al Siyassah Arabic daily a Kuwaity independent newspaper exploded when the administrative assistant, Walid Dahdouh, opened it, injuring him in the face in Kuwait city, Kuwait.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Al Siyassah Arabic daily newspaper
Specific Description Ahmed Al Jarallah, editor in chief
Nationality of Target Kuwait
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Letter Bomb
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 Further investigations of the case have revealed that the sender of the letter bomb is believed to be in his 40s, has the complexion of Gulf citizens and a Gulf accent.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Letter Bomb Wounds Editor's Secretary in the Face," Associated Press Worldstream, December 11, 2003.
Mohammed Almezel, "Letter Bomb Targets Outspoken Kuwait Editor," Gulf News, December 12, 2003.
"Gulf National Behind Kuwait Letter Bombs," United Press International, December 13, 2003.