Incident Summary:

10/16/2017: Assailants armed with grenades and firearms attacked security personnel guarding the Church of Saint George in Arish, North Sinai, Egypt. This was one of two coordinated incidents in Arish on this date. At least five people, including police officers and civilians, were killed and 15 people were injured across both assaults. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


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 Soldiers
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church of Saint George
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201710160006 and 201710160007.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypts Sinai, 6 dead," Yahoo! Canada, October 16, 2017."
"Militants kill five in attack in Egypt's Sinai: interior ministry," Yahoo! Canada, October 16, 2017."