Incident Summary:

05/08/2016: Four assailants opened fire on a police van in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt. At least eight police officers were killed in the assault. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in revenge for women being held prisoner by Egyptian authorities. Separately, the Popular Resistance Movement (Egypt) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was carried out in memory of those killed at a demonstration in Rabaa in August 2013. Sources also attributed the incident to the Muslim Brotherhood.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Egyptian National Police (ENP)
Specific Description Van
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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
Islamic State in Egypt Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Muslim Brotherhood No
Popular Resistance Movement (Egypt) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen kill eight police officers in Cairo, militant groups claim responsibility," UPI, May 8, 2016.
"Islamic State Gunmen Kill Nine Policemen in Egypt," Outlook India, May 8, 2016.
"Eight Police Killed In 'IS Attack' Near Cairo," Sky News, May 8, 2016.