Incident Summary:

01/14/2018: An explosive device planted in Mohammed Hamdan's vehicle detonated in Sidon, South, Lebanon. Hamdan, a senior Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) official, was injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, an assailant, identified as Ahmad Baytiyah, was arrested in connection with the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Bustan al-Kabir area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement)
Specific Description Vehicle of Senior Official: Mohammed Hamdan
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Vehicle
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that the assailants were recruited by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad to carry out the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb blast in Lebanon's Sidon wounds Hamas member," Al Jazeera, January 14, 2018.
"Suspect confesses Mossad had hand in Sidon bomb plot," The Daily Star (Lebanon), January 27, 2018.
"CCTV analysis ongoing after bomb targets Hamas official," The Daily Star (Lebanon), January 16, 2018.