Incident Summary:

10/07/2004: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the Hilton Hotel in Taba, South Sinai, Egypt. In addition to the assailant, at least 31 people were killed and 159 other people were in the blast. This was one of three suicide bombings at targeting tourists in South Sinai on the same day. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad, and Jamaa Al-Islamiya Al-Alamiya (World Islamist Group) all claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Sinai


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Hilton Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden truck
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abdullah Azzam Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jamaa Al-Islamiya Al-Alamiya (World Islamist Group) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 159 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 159
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“35 dead in suspected car bombing at Egyptian hotel,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 8, 2004.
Ariel Schalit, “Explosion tears through resort in Sinai Peninsula where Israelis were vacationing; at least 30 reported killed, more than 160 wounded,” The Associated Press, October 7, 2004.
“Unknown group claims responsibility for Taba blast,” Agence France Presse, October 7, 2004