Incident Summary:

03/17/2016: Assailants fired mortars at a military base in Rafah, North Sinai, Egypt. At least five soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured in the attack. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201603170017

When:
2016-03-17

Country:
Egypt

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

City:
Rafah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Army
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A mortar 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Militant attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill 6 soldiers," Washington Post, March 17, 2016."
"5 Egyptian soldiers killed, 10 wounded in attack on Rafah-area military base," Ma'an News Agency, March 17, 2016."
"Egypt: 5 soldiers killed, 8 injured in terror attack," Indian Express, March 17, 2016."