Incident Summary:

12/05/2017: Assailants opened fire on civilians leaving a barbershop in Safa neighborhood, Rafah, North Sinai, Egypt. At least three people were killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Sinai Province of the Islamic State.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Safa neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Barber Shop
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
"Roundup on Security Situation in Sinai 6 December 2017," Summary, December 6, 2017."
"Sinai roundup: 4 people killed by armed militants in Rafah, 6 workers die in Arish factory accident," Mada Masr, December 6, 2017."
"Roundup on Security Situation in Sinai 5 December 2017," Summary, December 6, 2017."