Incident Summary:

05/25/2015: An assailant attacked a military barracks in Tunis city, Tunis governorate, Tunisia. Seven soldiers and an assailant were killed and ten others were injured in the attack. Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Tunisian Armed Forces (FAT)
Specific Description Bouchoucha Barracks
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A rifle and a knife 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources denied there was a political motive for the attack, noting that the assailant had family problems and existing psychological issues.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade 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 8 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Tunisian soldier shot dead after killing seven in army base shooting spree," Reuters, May 25, 2015.
"Islamic State Claims Credit for Tunis Barracks Shooting," VOA News, May 26, 2015.
"Tunisian Soldier Shot Dead after Firing at Fellow Troops," Latin American Herald Tribune, May 25, 2015.