Incident Summary:

12/28/2017: An explosive device detonated targeting a military vehicle near Beir al-Abd, North Sinai, Egypt. Six soldiers were killed and three soldiers were injured in the blast. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201712280004

When:
2017-12-28

Country:
Egypt

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

North Sinai

City:
Near Beir al-Abd

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Egyptian Army
Specific Description Convoy
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed al-Kafrawy. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sinai Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Militants kill two in bank attack in Egypt's Sinai, security sources say," Reuters, December 28, 2017."
"Singapore: Gunman kills 9 in Egypt church attack claimed by IS," Channel NewsAsia Online, December 29, 2017."
"Province of Sinai claims killings of Bir al-Abd military commander and 4 others," Mada Masr, December 29, 2017."