Incident Summary:

04/12/2015: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near a police station in Arish city, North Sinai governorate, Egypt. Eight people were killed and 44 others were wounded in the blast. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; sources also attributed the attack to Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad.

GTD ID:
201504120008

When:
2015-04-12

Country:
Egypt

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

City:
Arish

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Egyptian National Police (ENP)
Specific Description Police Station
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 Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck containing C-4 and TNT was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Egyptian Tawhid and Jihad No
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 44 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 44
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Two bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 13, wound dozens," Reuters, April 12, 2015.
"Deadly attacks hit Egypt's North Sinai," Al Jazeera, April 12, 2015.
"Chief of Arish police station's investigations department dies," Egypt Independent, April 22, 2015.