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Khobar Towers bombing


Khobar Towers bombing

Event Details
Primary OrganizationSaudi Hezbollah1
Other OrganizationHezbollah1
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda2
Means of AttackTruck bomb
TargetU.S. military personnel in Saudi Arabia
LocationKhobar Towers military housing complex, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Time2200 local, June 25, 1996
Victim Deaths191
Victim Injuries3721
ParticipantsAbdelkarim al-Nasser, Ahmed al-Mughassil, Ali el-Hoorie, Ibrahim al-Yacoub, Hani al-Sayegh, Mustafa al-Qassab, Abdallah al-Jarash, Hussein al-Mughis
ParticipantsSaed al-Bahar, Saleh Ramadan, Ali al-Marhoun, Mustafa al-Mualem, Fadel al-Alawe
Narrative and Notes
ReliableA tanker truck filled with 5,000 pounds of plastic explosives was driven into the parking lot of the Khobar Towers residential complex in Dhahran, and parked about 80 feet from a building housing 100 U.S. Air Force personnel.

Sentries noted the suspicious truck and attempted an evacuation, but they had little time before the bomb was detonated.

Nineteen Americans were killed, most of them from Eglin and Patrick AFBs in Florida.

In June 2001, the Justice Department charged 13 Saudis and one Lebanese with the bombing. The Lebanese was identified only as "John Doe."1
PossibleIt really isn't clear who is responsible for the bombing. The Saudis and Americans blamed a little-known group called "Saudi Hezbollah," which has ties to Iran and the better-known Lebanese Hezbollah.

Iran denied any role in the bombing.

The 9-11 Commission said evidence of Iranian involvement is strong but there are also signs al-Qaeda played a role.2
1FBI press release, June 21, 2001.
2The 9-11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 2.4.
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