Incident Summary:

06/22/2008: Between Sunday and Wednesday, armed assailants fired upon opposing political forces in Tripoli, Northern Province, Lebanon, killing eight civilians, one child, one police officer; wounding approximately twenty-eight civilians and nineteen political affiliates; and damaging three buildings, a mosque, three residences, three vehicles, and the local electrical infrastructure. No group claimed responsibility, but it was widely believed that forces of the opposing 14 March Coalition and 8 March Coalition were responsible.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The attack occurred in Tripoli.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Internal Security Force (ISF)
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Automatic firearms and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG's) 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 47 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 47
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"National Counterterrorism Center, "Eight Civilians, One Child, One Police Officer Killed, Approximately Twenty-Eight Civilians and Nineteen Political Affiliates Wounded in Armed Attacks in Tripoli, Liban-Nord, Lebanon and Beddawi, Liban-Nord, Lebanon," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 27, 2010."
"Agence France Presse, "Four Dead in North Lebanon Clashes," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, June 22, 2008."