Incident Summary:

01/25/2014: Assailants fired a surface-to-air missile at an Egyptian Army helicopter in Sheikh Zuweid town, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. At least five soldiers were killed in the attack. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for this incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

Sheikh Zuweid

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 Helicopter
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A shoulder fired surface to air missile 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) 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 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
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
"Militants Down Egyptian Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers," New York Times, January 27, 2014.
"Egypt militants blow up gas pipeline in Sinai: security," Agence France Presse -- English, January 27, 2014.
"Jihadis down Egyptian helicopter, killing 5 soldiers," Japan Times, January 27, 2014.