Incident Summary:

01/16/2008: A car bomb that was set off in Beirut, Lebanon at around 4:30 pm by unknown perpetrators killed three and injured twenty-five others. The target of this attack was a United States Embassy vehicle.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Beirut

Location Details:
Beirut suburb of Karantina

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States
Specific Description United States Diplomat Vehicle
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Car bomb targeted a United States Embassy car that had no diplomats inside. Resulting attack killed three bystanders and wounded twenty-five others including the driver of the United States Embassy car.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“’Unclaimed’ Attacks Fail as Messages Analysts,” The Daily Star, January 16, 2008.
Tim Butcher, “Lebanon bombers target US embassy staff,” The Daily Telegraph (London), January 16, 2008.
“Stolen Honda Used in Attack on US Vehicle,” The Daily Star, January 16, 2008.