Incident Summary:

11/24/2017: Assailants detonated an explosive device and opened fire on Al-Rawda mosque in Al-Rawda, Beir al-Abd, North Sinai, Egypt. At least 311 people were killed and 127 people were injured in the attack. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident. In addition, the Sons of Jesus Movement claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in revenge for attacks targeting members of the Christian community, though sources questioned the veracity of this claim.

GTD ID:
201711240001

When:
2017-11-24

Country:
Egypt

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

City:
Beir al-Abd

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al-Rawda
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), other explosive devices, machine guns, and fire were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Sons of Jesus Movement (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 25
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 311 Fatalities / 127 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 311
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 127
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Bomb attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai," BBC, November 24, 2017."
"Egypt Sinai mosque attack death toll rises to 305, state news agency reports; Attackers used rocket-propelled grenades as well as machine guns, and shot people as they tried to flee, killing 27 children," The Independent, November 25, 2017."
"Death toll in Sinai mosque bombing rises to 311," ENCA, November 30, 2017."