Incident Summary:

08/19/2013: Assailants attacked two police busses in Rafah town, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. The assailants first opened fire on the vehicles before launching rocket-propelled grenades. At least 25 police officers were killed, and at least three more were wounded. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Islamist fundamentalists.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Central Security Forces (CSF)
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades were 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Coffins of 25 policemen killed in North Sinai arrive in Cairo," Xinhua News Agency, August 20, 2013."
"Defendant confesses to committing Rafah 25-victim attack," Egypt Independent, September 1, 2013."
"Egypt army on high alert in Sinai following ambush on policemen," Jerusalem Post, August 19, 2013."