Incident Summary:

04/23/2004: The Saudi group, Al-Haramin Brigades claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed 10 people and wounded 148 more in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A suicide car bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the Saudi Domestic Security Forces destroying the structure’s façade. The attackers drove their car up to the barrier outside the General Security building and detonated their explosive device as two security guards approached them.



Saudi Arabia

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the headquarters of the Saudi Domestic Security Forces.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Saudi Arabian Domestic Security Forces
Specific Description Saudi Arabian Domestic Security Forces Headquarters in Riyadh
Nationality of Target Saudi Arabia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A car bomb exploded outside the Saudi Arabian Domestic Security Forces Headquarters building.
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Haramayn Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 145 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 145
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Saudi Group Claims Responsibility for Riyadh Blast,” Xinhua General News Service, April 22, 2004."
"Suicide Bomb Kills Four At Saudi Police Headquarters,” The Irish Times, April 22, 2004."