Incident Summary:

07/07/2017: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles at an Egyptian Army compound in Al-Birth, North Sinai, Egypt. Following the blasts, additional assailants then opened fire on the compound. At least 65 people, including 23 soldiers and 42 assailants, were killed and 26 other soldiers were injured in the attack. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out because the military was beginning targeted operations against the group.




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: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Army
Specific Description Compound
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden vehicles containing 1.5 metric tons of C4 explosives and machine guns 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 65 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 65
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 42
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Egyptian soldiers killed in ISIL-claimed suicide attack," Al Jazeera, July 8, 2017.
"34 security personnel killed in militant operations since 5 July," Daily News Egypt, July 9, 2017.
"IS claims attack in Egypt's Sinai that killed 23 soldiers,", July 8, 2017.