Incident Summary:

12/29/2007: A Palestinian suicide bomber killed four people including three Palestinians and one Israel Defense Force soldier at a West Bank checkpoint near Tulkarm. The Islamic Jihad Movement claimed responsibility for the attack.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank

Near Tulkarem

Location Details:
At an Israeli checkpoint near the northern West Bank town of Tulkarm

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel checkpoints
Specific Description Israel checkpoint in the West Bank
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Israel Defense Force
Specific Description IDF West Bank checkpoint
Nationality of Target Israel
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
The bomb was described as '10 Kilograms of explosives.'
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 Israeli military officials believe the perpetrator intended to travel to the Tel Aviv area, via the Qalandia crossing, to possibly detonate his bomb at one of the many Hanukkah shows scheduled for that Thursday.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Israeli Stabbed; 29 Dec Suicide Bomb Meant for Holiday Celebrations in Tel Aviv,” Ha'aretz, December 29, 2005.
“Israeli, 3 Palestinians Killed in W. Bank Checkpoint Suicide Bombing,” Ha'aretz, December 29, 2005.
“FYI -- Islamic Jihad Claims Responsibility for Tulkarm Attack 29 Dec,” Al-Arabiyah Television, December 29, 2005.