Incident Summary:

10/15/2017: Assailants armed with mortars and firearms attacked a military checkpoint in Sheikh Zuweid, North Sinai, Egypt. This was one of six coordinated attacks targeting checkpoints in the area on this date. At least 30 people, including 24 assailants and six soldiers, were killed and 21 people, including one assailant and 20 soldiers, were injured across the ensuing clashes. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

Sheikh Zuweid

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Armed Forces
Specific Description Checkpoint
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Mortars and machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201710150014, 201710150015, 201710150016, 201710150017, 201710150018, and 201710160010.
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 5 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Egypt: Six troops, 24 attackers killed in Sinai attacks," Al Jazeera, October 15, 2017.
"Security personnel, civilians killed in North Sinai attacks," Daily News Egypt, October 16, 2017.
"Suspected IS militants kill 7 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai,", October 16, 2017.