Incident Summary:

10/18/2015: An assailant opened fire and stabbed people inside Beersheba bus station in Southern district, Israel. The assailant and one soldier were killed and 11 people, including police and civilians were injured in the attack. Additionally, an Eritrean bystander was mistakenly shot and killed by responding Israeli soldiers. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Muhanad al-Uqbi, a Palestinian extremist.




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 Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Specific Description Sergeant: Omri Levy
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Israel Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Israel
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Beersheba Central Bus Station
Specific Description Bus Station
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A pistol, rifle, and 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Palestinian Extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Israeli Beduin identified as gunman in Beersheba shooting attack, Shin Bet says," Jerusalem Post, October 19, 2015.
"Terrorist kills soldier, wounds several others in attack at Beersheba bus station," Jerusalem Post, October 18, 2015.
"Negev Bedouin identified as sole attacker in Beersheba," ANSAmed, October 19, 2015.