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Al-Qaeda car bombing and SAM attack

Suicide Attack

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationAl-Ittihad al-Islami
Means of AttackTruck bomb and surface-to-air-missiles
TargetIsraeli hotel and airline
LocationParaside Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya
Additional LocationMombasa Airport, Mombasa, Kenya
Time0830 local, Nov. 28, 2002
Victim Deaths13
Attacker Deaths2
ParticipantsAbu Talha al Sudani (Operational Commander) 1, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (Facilitator) 2, Abdul Malik4
ParticipantsFazul Abdullah Mohammed (Facilitator) 3
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAn explosives-laden Mitsubishi Pajero, a four-wheel drive vehicle, blew up outside the Israel-owned Paradise hotel, killing 10 Kenyans, three Israelis and two bombers.

Almost simultaneously, two attackers each fired one SA-7 Grail surface-to-air missile at an Arkia Airlines Boeing 757 charter, departing Mombasa for Tel Aviv.

The heatseeking missiles did not find their target, however, and the plane went on to land safely in Israel.

The missiles were from the same production batch as one fired by an al-Qaeda operative at an American military plane in Saudi Arabia in June 2002.
1'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
2FBI seeking information alert, viewed Nov. 6, 2006.
3'Senior al-Qaida Suspect Reported Killed.' The Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2007.
4"Profile: Kenyan terror suspect." BBC: March 27, 2007.
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