Incident Summary:

02/16/2014: A suicide bomber detonated near a tour bus carrying South Korean Christian tourists in Taba, South Sinai governorate, Egypt. At least five people, including the assailant, were killed and 14 others were wounded as a result of the blast. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it was part of their economic war against the government.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

South Sinai


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Tour Bus
Nationality of Target South Korea
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide bomber equipped with a 5-10 kg explosive belt was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Islamists claim Egypt bus bomb blast," BBC, February 18, 2014.
"Egyptian PM says terrorists aim to undermine the political roadmap," Jerusalem Post, February 18, 2014.
"Egypt militants claim Sinai tourist bus attack," The Daily Star Online, February 18, 2014.