Incident Summary:

10/19/2012: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated in Achrafieh neighborhood, Beirut, Lebanon. The blast targeted the unmarked vehicle of Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, head of the intelligence branch of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF), killing him, his driver, a bodyguard, and five civilians and injuring 78 more people. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Unit 121 faction of Hezbollah.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Achrafieh neighborhood.

Attack Information
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 Intelligence Chief: General Wissam al-Hassan
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Lebanon
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 Vehicle
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah Unit 121 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 78 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 78
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"US FBI team arrives to help Lebanon probe blast," Agence France Presse -- English, October 25, 2012.
"FBI team arrives in Lebanon to help in deadly blast probe," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 25, 2012.
"FBI team arrives in Lebanon to help in deadly blast probe," dpa International Service in English, October 25, 2012.