Incident Summary:

12/11/2016: A suicide bomber detonated at a Coptic Church in Abassiya, Cairo, Egypt. In addition to the assailant, at least 28 people were killed and 46 other people were injured in the blast. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources doubted the veracity of the claim and instead attributed the attack to the Muslim Brotherhood.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Abassiya neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity St. Peter and St. Paul's Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden belt 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 The victims included Magy Magdy and Isis Fares. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State in Egypt (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Muslim Brotherhood No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 29 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 29
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Cairo - Girl's death takes Egypt church bombing toll to 26," AFP (North European Service), December 20, 2016.
"Church bombing death toll rises to 29 - agency," Aswat Masriya, February 4, 2017.
"Daesh claims Cairo cathedral bombing: Amaq news agency," The Daily Star (Lebanon), December 14, 2016.