Incident Summary:

09/14/2012: Assailants raided and set fire to the American Cooperative School of Tunis in Tunis, Tunisia. There were no reported casualties, though the school was damaged in the assault. 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: Educational Institution
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description American Cooperative School of Tunis
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $1,000,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Sabotage Equipment
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.
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 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Tunisia jails Salafist leader in U.S. embassy attack for 1 year," Reuters News, October 24, 2012.
"Two dead as protesters attack U.S. embassy in Tunisia," Reuters News, September 14, 2012.
"Anti-American Protests Flare Beyond the Mideast," The New York Times, September 14, 2012.