Incident Summary:

12/27/2013: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated in Hadath, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon. At least eight people, including the former Finance Minister, Mohammad Shatah, were killed and 71 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Unit 121 faction of Hezbollah.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Mount Lebanon

Near Mount Lebanon

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hadath area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Lebanese Ministry of Finance
Specific Description Former Minister: Mohammad Shatah
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Lebanon
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
Weapon Details
A Honda car was 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah Unit 121 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 71 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 71
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Anti-Assad Lebanese ex-minister killed in Beirut bomb," Reuters, December 27, 2013.
"Report: Lebanese official Chatah assassinated by car bomb," CNN, December 27, 2013.
"Beirut bombing death toll rises to eight," Lebanon Daily Star, December 29, 2013.