Incident Summary:

12/25/2003: A suicide bomber, identified as 18-year old Palestinian Said Hanani, detonated in a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least four people, including three women and one man, were killed and thirteen other people were injured during evening rush hour. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) claimed responsibility for the attack.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Israeli residents
Specific Description Residents of Tel Aviv
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Bus transportation
Specific Description Public bus in Tel Aviv Israel
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 attack took place during evening rush hour at a bus stop at the Geha junction outside Tel Aviv where Palestinian workers routinely wait for people to pick them up for potential jobs.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ravi Nessman, “Bombing in Israel Kills 4,” Deseret News, December 26, 2003.
Martin Fletcher, “Tel Aviv Suicide Bomber, Israel Bombs Car and Gaza Homes,” NBC Nightly News, December 25, 2003
Ravi Nessman, “Four Killed in Tel Aviv Suicide Bombing Minutes after Israel Kills Senior Militant in Air Strike,” The Associated Press, December 25, 2003.