Incident Summary:

03/19/2005: An Egyptian, suicide, car bomber rammed his vehicle into the Doha Players Theatre in Doha, Qatar. The car bomb killed one British man, Jonathan Adams, and injured 12 other people of mixed nationality. Members of the Organization of Soldiers of the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Doha Players Theatre
Specific Description The Doha Players Theatre in Doha
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in Doha
Nationality of Target Multinational
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 suicide car bomber perpetrated 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 "Days before the attack a fresh recording was posted on an Islamic website claiming to be from Saleh al-Oufi, the leader of a cell of Al-Qaida sympathizers in Saudi Arabia. The recording called on Muslims to wage holy war against ""crusaders"" in the region and made special mention of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Although Organization of Soldiers of the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack, local authorities believed that the attack may have been an Al-Qaida linked operation."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Organization of Soldiers of the Levant Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Oliver Poole, “Al-Qa’eda linked to bombing in Qatar”, The Daily Telegraph, March 21, 2005.
“Unknown group claims Qatar theatre blast”, The Australian, March 22, 2005.
James Boxell, Will McSheehy, and William Wallis, “Police look for Al-Qaeda link as Qatar blast kills expatriate”, The Financial Times, March 21, 2005.