Incident Summary:

09/04/2018: An assailant attempted to detonate an explosive device at the United States embassy in Garden City, Cairo, Egypt. There were no reported casualties in the premature blast; however, the assailant, Abdullah Ayman Abdel-Samie, was arrested at the scene. The Omar Abdel Rahman Brigade claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Garden City area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description Embassy
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device made from a plastic bottle filled with flammable liquids in a backpack 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
Omar Abdel Rahman Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"Egypt police arrest man after he throws bomb at US embassy in Cairo," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, September 4, 2018.
"Blast reported near US embassy in Cairo," BBC, September 4, 2018.
"U.S. Embassy Bombing Attempt in Cairo Misfires," New York Times, September 4, 2018.