Incident Summary:

03/19/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the Egyptian National Police (ENP) Safa checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai, Egypt. Following the blast, assailants armed with mortars and firearms attacked the checkpoint as well as ambulances that were attempting to offer medical assistance to the soldiers. In addition to the bomber, at least 19 people, including 15 officers and four other assailants, were killed in the attack. At least two people, a soldier and a police officer, were also reported missing in the incident. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Egyptian National Police (ENP)
Specific Description Safa Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, a mortar, and automatic firearms were 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
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Between death and kidnapping: fate of missing officer still unknown," Daily News Egypt, April 2, 2016.
"15 Egyptian officers killed, 3 missing after Sinai checkpoint attack," Ma'an News Agency, March 20, 2016.
"Mortar shell preceded by car bomb in Arish attack: investigations," Cairo Post, March 20, 2016.