Incident Summary:

08/13/2008: On Wednesday, a bomb exploded adjacent to a bus carrying civilians and members of the military, killing 18 and wounding 43, on Bank Street in Tripoli, Northern Province, Lebanon. The dead include 10 off-duty soldiers. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The bomb was placed on Bank Street in Tripoli, Northern Province, Lebanon.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Lebanese Military
Specific Description Off-duty soldiers were targeted.
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A bus carrying civilians and off-duty soldiers
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An unknown explosive type was 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
Additional Information The available sources listed the injuries for these attacks from 40 to 46, so these figures have been averaged in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
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 18 Fatalities / 43 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 43
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bassem Mroue, "Bomb on Bus in Northern Lebanese City Kills 18," Associated Press, August 13, 2008."