Incident Summary:

08/15/2013: An explosives-laden vehicle containing approximately 50 kilograms of explosive material detonated in the Ruwaiss neighborhood of Beirut city, Beirut governorate, Lebanon. Thirty people were killed and over 300 were wounded in the attack. The Sunni group Brigades of Aisha claimed responsibility for the incident, stating Hezbollah was their intended target.




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Location Details:
The incident took place in the Ruwaiss area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Hizballah
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A booby trapped car bomb which contained 50-60 kg of explosives 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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Aisha Umm-al Mouemeneen (Brigades of Aisha) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 300 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 300
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"17 killed in Beirut car bomb attack," India TV, August 16, 2013."
"Islamist group says targeted Hezbollah in Beirut blast: video," Reuters, August 15, 2013."
"Judge rules out suicide bomber behind Beirut blast," Lebanon Daily Star, August 19, 2013."