Incident Summary:

10/07/2004: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the Castle Beach camp in Ras Shitan, South sinai, Egypt. This was one of two suicide bombings in Ras Shitan and one of three attacks targeting tourists in South Sinai on the same day. In addition to the two assailants, at least three people, including two Israeli citizens and one Bedouin civilian, were killed and twelve other people were injured across both Ras Shitan blasts. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad, and Jamaa Al-Islamiya Al-Alamiya (World Islamist Group) all claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Sinai

Ras Shitan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Castle Beach
Specific Description Camp
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those wounded across incidents 200410070003 and 200410070004.
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 3 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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
“35 dead in suspected car bombing at Egyptian hotel,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 8, 2004.