Incident Summary:

11/20/2013: A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into one of two military buses in a convoy traveling between Rafah and Arish cities, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. In addition to the bomber, at least ten soldiers were killed and another 35 soldiers were injured in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident; however, security sources attributed the attack to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


Location Details:
Incident occurred between Rafah and Arish

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Army
Specific Description Convoy
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 Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 35 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 35
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide car bomber kills 10 soldiers in Egypt," Associated Press Online, November 20, 2013."
"Officials: Car bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt," Associated Press Online, November 20, 2013."
"Xinhua: Roundup: Terror Haunts Egypt As Sinai Blasts Claim 10 Lives," Xinhua, November 20, 2013."