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."
"Egypt army on high alert in Sinai following ambush on policemen," Jerusalem Post, August 19, 2013."
"Defendant confesses to committing Rafah 25-victim attack," Egypt Independent, September 1, 2013."