Incident Summary:

06/29/2015: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near the convoy of Hisham Barakat in Heliopolis neighborhood, Cairo city, Cairo governorate, Egypt. Barakat, the Egyptian Prosecutor General, was killed and at least three other people, including two police officers, were injured in the blast. The Popular Resistance Movement (Egypt), the Sinai Province of the Islamic State, and the Muslim Brotherhood all separately claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Heliopolis neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Egypt
Specific Description Convoy of Prosecutor General: Hisham Barakat
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled explosives-laden vehicle was 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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim Brotherhood Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Popular Resistance Movement (Egypt) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Egypt arrests six in connection with public prosecutor killing," Cairo Post, March 6, 2016.
"UPDATE 1-Egypt arrests six in connection with killing of public prosecutor," Reuters Africa, March 6, 2016.
"Egypt accuses Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas of assassinating prosecutor," Reuters UK, March 6, 2016.