Incident Summary:

11/05/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden motorcycle targeting the Qalamoun Clerics Association in Sabil neighborhood, Arsal town, Beqaa governorate, Lebanon. In addition to the bomber, six people were killed and five others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, separate sources accused Hezbollah and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of being behind the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sabil neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Qalamoun Clerics Association
Specific Description Meeting of Clerics
Nationality of Target Lebanon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden motorcycle 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hezbollah No
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll in bomb blast in northeast Lebanon rises to nine: security sources," Reuters, November 5, 2015.
"Suicide bomber kills 6 on Lebanon border with Syria," Frontier Post, November 6, 2015.
"Suicide bomb hits Lebanon border town at least 6 killed, 5 injured," CNC World, November 6, 2015.