Incident Summary:

08/00/2014: Sometime between August 3, 2014 and August 8, 2014, assailants attacked an Apache Oil Company employee in the western desert of Egypt. The victim, a citizen of the United States, was killed in the carjacking. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) claimed responsibility incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Western Desert

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Apache Oil Corporation
Specific Description Employee
Nationality of Target United States
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Some sources suspected that the attack may have been a robbery, while others speculated that it was the result of Muslim fundamentalists operating in the area.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) (suspected) 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 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Sinai Insurgency Shows Signs of Spreading after ISIS-Linked Militants Say They Killed U.S. Engineer," Time, December 1, 2014.
"US citizen working for oil company killed in," Ynet News, August 8, 2014.
"Mandate of the Sinai claims killing of US oil expert in Egypt's Western Desert," Al-Quds al-Arabi Online, December 1, 2014.