Incident Summary:

12/28/2017: Assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an armored police vehicle outside the Egyptian Arab Land Bank in Arish, North Sinai, Egypt. At least three assailants, one police officer, and one civilian were killed in the attack and ensuing clash. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




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: Business
Name of Entity Should Egyptian Arab Land Bank (EALB)
Specific Description Bank
Nationality of Target Egypt
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Egyptian National Police (ENP)
Specific Description Officers
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.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and firearms 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 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 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Province of Sinai claims killings of Bir al-Abd military commander and 4 others," Mada Masr, December 29, 2017."
"Militants kill two in bank attack in Egypt's Sinai, security sources say," Reuters, December 28, 2017."
"Bomb kills 6, including army colonel, in Egypt’s Sinai," Washington Post, December 28, 2017."