Incident Summary:

12/29/2004: Al-Qaida militants launched coordinated car bombings and battled security forces in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. A car bomb detonated near the Interior Ministry in central Riyadh during the attack. After the car bomb, explosions resulted when suicide attackers tried to destroy a nearby troop recruitment center. The attacks killed eight people.



Saudi Arabia

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Saudi Interior Ministry
Specific Description Saudi Interior Ministry building
Nationality of Target Saudi Arabia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Saudi Troop Recruitment Center
Specific Description Saudi Troop Recruitment Center
Nationality of Target Saudi Arabia
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 Vehicle
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two cars laden with explosive and suicide bombers were used in the attack.
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 attacks caused oil prices to go up and, later, were praised by Osama bin Ladin.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 90 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 90
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 7
“Militants set off car bombs, killing eight in Saudi Arabia,” Associated Press, December 30, 2004.
“Saudis hunt suspects in attack on state security forces,” Turkish Daily News, December 31, 2004.
“Saudi forces kill suspected Al-Qaida leader in new round of clashes,” Agence France Presse, December 30, 2004.