Incident Summary:

09/14/2012: Assailants armed with petrol bombs raided and set fire to the United States embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. At least four Tunisian demonstrators were killed and 46 demonstrators were injured in the ensuing clashes with police personnel. This was one of two arson attacks targeting American entities in Tunis on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources stated that Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia) leaders coordinated the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description Fleet of Cars
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Petrol bombs and thrown stones were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The attack occurred in the midst of ongoing protests in opposition to a film considered offensive to Islam that took place across the Middle East and North Africa. Casualty number conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Tunisia jails Salafist leader in U.S. embassy attack for 1 year," Reuters News, October 24, 2012.
"Tunisia death toll rises to four in U.S. embassy attack," Reuters News, September 15, 2012.
"Two dead as protesters attack U.S. embassy in Tunisia," Reuters News, September 14, 2012.