Incident Summary:

11/20/2013: Assailants fired six mortars into an area near a Saudi border post in Hafr al-Batin, Eastern province, Saudi Arabia. There were no reported casualties. Jaish al-Mukhtar claimed responsibility for the incident, citing Saudi Arabia's stance toward Shias as motivation for the attack.



Saudi Arabia

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Hafr al-Batin

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Saudi Border Guard
Specific Description Border Post
Nationality of Target Saudi Arabia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Six mortars were fired 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
Jaish al-Mukhtar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iraqi Shiites claim mortar fire on Saudi desert area," Agence France Presse -- English, November 21, 2013.
"Mortar bombs land in Saudi desert," BBC Online, November 21, 2013.
"Iraq militia fires mortar bombs at Saudis as warning," The Daily Star Online, November 21, 2013.