Incident Summary:

9/10/1999: A bomb exploded at the Labour and Social Security Ministry in Istanbul, Turkey. The building was damaged and 10 people were injured. Seven members of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) were later arrested in connection with the attack and another one that occurred the same night.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Labour and Social Security Ministry building in Istanbul

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Turkish government
Specific Description Labour and Social Security Ministry building and staff
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in and around the Labour and Social Security Ministry building
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
The explosives were likely "industrially manufactured dynamite or explosives of the TNT type" and were detonated with "with cellular phone and remote control bomb mechanisms"
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Devrimici Halk Kurtulus Cephesi (DHKP/C) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 7
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"1st lead: Twenty injured in Istanbul bomb blast," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, September 10, 1999.
"Experts investigating 10th September bomb blasts," Anatolia News Agency, September 11, 1999.
"Turkey: Bomb suspects captured in Istanbul," Anatolia News Agency, October 3, 1999.