Incident Summary:

02/25/2005: A suicide bomber belonging to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) targeted a Tel Aviv nightclub killing himself and four Israelis as well as wounding 53 others. PIJ claimed responsibility for the bombing stating that it was a response to Israeli arrests of Palestinians.




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: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Israeli citizens
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 53 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 53
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Islamic Jihad official claims Tel Aviv bombing,” Agence France Presse, February 25, 2005.
“Roundup: At least 4 killed in suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv,” Xinhua General News, February 26, 2005.
John Ward Anderson, “Suicide Blast Kills Four in Tel Aviv; Attack Outside Nightclub Shatters Truce; Abbas Decries 'Sabotage',” The Washington Post, February 26, 2005.