Incident Summary:

07/16/2014: Assailants opened fire on a military post in Henchir Tella area, Kairouan governorate, Tunisia. This was one of two coordinated attacks on military posts in Henchir Tella area on July 16, 2014. In addition to one assailant, 15 soldiers were killed and 18 others were wounded across attacks. The Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources also attributed the attack to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Henchir Tella

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Tunisian Army
Specific Description Post
Nationality of Target Tunisia
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 Grenade
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Machine guns, semiautomatic assault rifles, grenades, and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of the total number killed and wounded covering incidents 201407160044 and 201407160045.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) No
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade 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 8 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Tunisia soldier missing after jihadist attack found dead," Agence France Presse -- English, July 18, 2014.
"14 Tunisian troops killed in deadliest attack on army," Agence France Presse -- English, July 17, 2014.
"Tunisian soldiers killed in attack," BBC, July 17, 2014.