Incident Summary:

08/27/1999: An extreme-leftist militant carried out a suicide bomb attack 100 meters from a police check-point in Tunceli, Turkey. The man was a member of the Maoist Turkish Workers' and Peasants' Liberation Army (TIKKO). There were no other injuries in the attack, but the windows of some nearby buildings were blown out in the blast. Security forces detained another man who was suspected of being an accomplice of the dead militant.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Turkish Police Force
Specific Description Police checkpoint in Tunceli, Turkey
Nationality of Target Turkey
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was the first suicide attack carried out by TIKKO.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Turkish Communist Party/Marxist (TKP-ML) TIKKO Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Leftist militant killed in suicide attack in eastern Turkey,” Agence France Presse, August 27, 1999.
“Suicide Bomber Dies in Turkey,” Associated Press Online, August 28, 1999.