Incident Summary:

01/29/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and additional assailants fired mortars at a military base and a military-operated hotel in Arish city, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. At least 25 people were killed and 58 others, including nine civilians, were injured in the assault. This was one of five coordinated attacks on security targets in Arish on the same day. Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the detention of Muslims in Egyptian prisons.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Armed Forces
Specific Description Buildings
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Egypt
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle and mortars were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State 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 26 Fatalities / 58 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 58
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26," The Associated Press, January 29, 2015.
"Islamic State's Egypt wing claims four attacks that killed 27," Canberra Times (Australia), January 31, 2015.
"Twenty-seven killed in attacks in Egypt's North Sinai, Suez," Reuters Canada, January 29, 2015.