Incident Summary:

09/11/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the military intelligence building in Rafah city, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. This was one of two simultaneous attacks targeting military sites in the area. At least six people were killed and another 17 people were injured in the blasts; the casualties included soldiers and civilians. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that they were protecting residents from the Egyptian Army. Jund al-Islam also claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that the group was responding to the military's targeting of "unarmed Muslims."




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Armed Forces
Specific Description Military Intelligence Headquarters
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
RPGs were fired after a suicide car bomb was detonated in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201309110018 and 201309110019.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jund al-Islam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Sinai jihadists say they killed Egyptian soldiers," Agence France Presse -- English, September 12, 2013.
"6 soldiers killed in attacks on Egypt army in Sinai," Agence France Presse -- English, September 11, 2013.
"9 Egyptian soldiers perish in Sinai blast," The Gulf Today, September 11, 2013.