Incident Summary:

08/20/2015: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near the Egyptian Homeland Security (EHS) building in Shubra el-Kheima, Qalyubia, Egypt. At least 29 people, including six police officers, were injured in the blast. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the execution of six members in May 2015. The Black Bloc separately claimed responsibility; however, sources also attributed the attack to the Muslim Brotherhood.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Shubra el-Kheima

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Egyptian Homeland Security (EHS)
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Egyptian National Police (ENP)
Specific Description Officers
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 Vehicle
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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Bloc Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Muslim Brotherhood 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 0 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb injures 29 near Cairo police building," The Gulf Today, August 21, 2015.
"Massive car bomb explosion injures 29 people in Egypt," Jagran Post, August 20, 2015.
"Islamic State Group in Egypt Claims Security Building Bombing," Bloomberg, August 20, 2015.