Terrorism in Saudi Arabia

The risk of terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia over the past years can be classified as low. Compared to other countries so far here are are only a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 250 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 313 people have been killed and 516 injured. Among them were 17 suicide acts.

In 3 incedents a total of 3 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (1 times) extorted.

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Most frequent attack targets in Saudi Arabia

(2013 to 2017)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens107632251
Police921851041
Military218140
Government145101
Religious institutions13741870
Business127211
Airports & Aircraft5000
Educational institution4220
Utilities3000
Food or water supply1060


Most affected regions

(2013 to 2017)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Jazan80541380
Najran55116910
Eastern52752133
Asir2635480
Riyadh13630
Makkah116140
Northern Borders21140
Hail2300
Madinah2550
Northern1000
Tabuk1100


Terrorist organisations in Saudi Arabia

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Islamic State29911960
Al-Qaida2910
Popular Resistance Committees2140
Jaish al-Mukhtar1000
Supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh1000
Shia Muslim extremists1200


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.