Incident Summary:

01/09/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an Egyptian National Police (ENP) checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai, Egypt. Following the blast additional assailants then fired projectiles and opened fire on the checkpoint. At least 14 people, including seven officers, one civilian, and six assailants were killed and 13 other people, including three assailants, were injured in the incident. There were also reports that an unknown number of officers were abducted but this has not been confirmed. This was one of two coordinated attacks at checkpoints in and around Arish on the same day. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incidents.




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 Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
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 Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden garbage truck, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State 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 14 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 3
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"Daesh claims deadly truck-bomb attack in Egypt’s Sinai," Anadolu Ajansi, January 10, 2017."
"Seven Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai bomb attack," Jordan Times, January 10, 2017."