Incident Summary:

10/30/2013: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives on a beach near the Riadh Palm hotel in Sousse city, Sousse governorate, Tunisia. After being denied entry to the aforementioned hotel, the assailant then detonated his explosives on the nearby beach. The bomber was killed in the blast and there were no other reported casualties. This was one of two similar incidents that occurred in Tunisia on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, Tunisian authorities arrested five Ansar al-Sharia members in connection with the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

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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 Sousse Beach
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide bomber equipped with an explosive belt was used 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"'Suicide blast' in Tunisian resort," BBC, October 30, 2013.
"Suicide attacks terrorise Tunisians," Magharebia, November 1, 2013.
"Tunisia tightens security after suicide bombings," The Gulf Today, November 1, 2013.