Incident Summary:

11/12/2014: Assailants in four boats attacked an Egyptian navy patrol ship in the Mediterranean Sea, 70 kilometers north of Damietta city, Damietta governorate, Egypt. Four assailants were killed, five sailors were injured, and several sailors went missing in the attack. Youth of the Land of Egypt claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred about 70 km north of Damietta city, on the Mediterranean sea.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Navy
Specific Description Patrol Boat
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) 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 incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here. Several sources also stated that eight sailors may have been kidnapped during the incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Youth of the Land of Egypt Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 20
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly attacks hit Egyptian security forces," Al Jazeera, November 13, 2014.
"Gunmen 'attack Egyptian navy vessel'," BBC, November 13, 2014.
"Egypt reports attack on naval patrol," Al Jazeera, November 12, 2014.