Incident Summary:

12/19/2017: Assailants fired a Kornet missile at a helicopter at Arish International Airport in Arish, North Sinai, Egypt. The helicopter was on the ground but was being used to transport Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy, neither of whom were injured. However, at least one soldier was killed and two other soldiers were injured in the attack. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

Near Arish

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Arish International Airport.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Egyptian Ministry of Interior
Specific Description Interior Minister: Magdy Abdel Ghaffar
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Egyptian Ministry of Defense
Specific Description Defense Minister: Sedki Sobhy
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Armed Forces
Specific Description Helicopter
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A Kornet antitank guided missile, which was Russian-made, was 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"IS-affiliated media outlet releases video footage of al-Arish airbase attack," Egypt Independent, December 22, 2017."
"Egypt's Al-Arish airport shelled, army officer killed," Anadolu Ajansi, December 19, 2017."
"At least 1 officer, 5 militants killed in clashes outside Arish airport following attack," Mada Masr, December 20, 2017."