Incident Summary:

11/03/2014: Assailants opened fire on a crowd of Shias leaving a hussainia during an Ashura celebration in Al-Dalwa village, Eastern province, Saudi Arabia. At least seven people were killed and 13 others were wounded in the assault. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.



Saudi Arabia

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Hussainia
Nationality of Target Saudi Arabia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Machine guns and pistols were 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 Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen kill five in Saudi Shiite village on eve of Ashura," Agence France Presse -- English, November 4, 2014.
"Saudi arrests suspect over foiled car bombing," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, May 1, 2016.
"Hundreds of thousands mourn Eastern Province murders in Saudi Arabia," Middle East Eye, November 7, 2014.