Incident Summary:

05/07/2008: On Wednesday, in one of two related attacks, in Tripoli, Liban-Nord, Lebanon, assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades and firearms at government soldiers and public places, killing one child, at least 40 civilians and soldiers; wounding 11 civilians, at least one child, and several soldiers; and damaging a building and several cars. The cars were being used as roadblocks on the road to the airport. Hizballah claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Tripoli, Northern Province (Ech Chimal), Lebanon.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Military
Specific Description Government soldiers were targeted in this attack.
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Civilians were targeted in this attack.
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rocket propelled grenades were used in the attack. Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 40 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Globe and Mail, "Political Standoff in Lebanon Turns Violent," Globe and Mail, May 08, 2008.
Associated Press Worldstream, "Clashes Erupt for Second Day in Lebanon, Killing Four," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, May 08, 2008.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Child, Forty Civilians and Soldiers Killed, Eleven Civilians, at Least One Child, Several Soldiers Wounded in Armed Attacks by Hizballah in Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon and Tripoli, Liban-Nord, Lebanon," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, February 01, 2010.