Incident Summary:

07/15/2017: Potential suicide bombers attempted to smuggle luggage containing two explosive devices onto an airplane at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. After the luggage was refused by the airline for being overweight, the assailants left the airport and subsequently dismantled the devices. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources stated that the attempted attack was coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:

New South Wales


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Etihad Airways
Specific Description Airplane
Nationality of Target Australia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two explosive devices, including one hidden inside a meat grinder and another inside a Barbie doll, planted inside luggage 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Australian terror plan to hide plane bomb in Barbie revealed," BBC, August 21, 2017.
"Khaled Merhi pleads not guilty to weapons charge after Sydney 'bomb plot' raid," The Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2017.
"'Catastrophic': How Australia narrowly escaped two 'sophisticated bomb plots'," The Sydney Morning Herald, August 5, 2017.