Incident Summary:

07/23/2005: Three suicide car bombs exploded at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing eighty-eight people, including nine foreigners and injuring one hundred and ten others, including twenty foreigners. Al-Qaida in Levant and Egypt claimed responsibility for the attacks on the internet, but could not be confirmed. Hotels and houses in the region were severely damaged and destroyed.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Sinai Governorate

Sharm el-Sheikh

Location Details:
The explosions occurred along the Naama Bay strip in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Hotels
Specific Description Hotels at and around the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Tourists
Specific Description Tourists at and around the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Nationality of Target Multinational
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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
Abdullah Azzam Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 91 Fatalities / 110 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 91
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 110
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"88 Killed as Bombs Hit Egyptian Resort," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 23, 2005.
"88 Killed in Egypt Red Sea Resort Bombings," Agence France Presse, July 23, 2005.
"Further on Third Group Claims Responsibility for Sharm Al-Shaykh Blasts," Paris AFP (North American Service), July 26, 2005.