Incident Summary:

10/21/1999: Ahmet Taner Kislali, a prominent, pro-secular Turkish professor, former public figure and columnist for the leftist daily, Cumhuriyet (Republic), was killed when a bomb left on his car exploded in front of his home in the Cayyolu suburb of Ankara, Turkey. Kislali initially lost his left arm when the bomb exploded as he tried to remove the plastic bag holding the device from the windshield of his car. He died before arriving at the hospital. Kislali served both as Culture Minister and a member of Parliament in the 1970s. The Islamic Great Eastern Raiders Front (IBDA-C) claimed responsibility for the incident, which was carried out because the Professor often used his column to criticize Islamic fundamentalism. Two suspects were apprehended, but specific information on them was not disclosed in reports.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Notable Public Figure
Specific Description Ahmet Taner Kislali, a political science professor, former public figure and columnist for the Cumhuriyet (Republic)
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Kislali often used his column to criticize Islamic fundamentalism, including an article published the week of his death, in which he denounced Turkey's leaders for tolerating religious fundamentalism.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front (IBDA-C) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car Bomb Kills Prominent Professor in Turkey,” The Associated Press, October 21, 1999.
"With Turkey-Intellectual Killed Recent Assasinations (sic) of Secular Turkish int (sic),” The Associated Press, October 21, 1999.
"Turkish Famous Columnist Killed in Bomb Attack,” Xinhua, October 21, 1999.