Incident Summary:

08/18/2011: On Thursday at 1220, in the vicinity of Eilat, Southern District, Israel, one of the militants who opened fire on the Egged Bus along Road 12 opened fire with an assault rifle on a second bus then detonated a suicide bomb belt near the second bus. The blast caused an unknown amount of damage and killed one person and the suicide bomber. This was one of five related attacks in and around Eilat on the same day. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place along Road 12.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A bus was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Israel
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A suicide bomb belt and an assault rifle were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Israel National News, Elad Benari, "Synagogue Hit as Grad Missiles Fired at Be’er Sheva and Ashdod," (August 19, 2011).
Global Jewish News, "Seven Israelis Killed in Terror Attacks near Eilat," Global Jewish News, August 18, 2011,
Yaakov Katz, "Timeline of the Attacks on the Sinai Border," Jerusalem Post, August 19, 2011.