Incident Summary:

12/25/1999: A pipe-type concussion bomb exploded at the Kanal D television building in the Mecidiyekoy quarter in Istanbul, Turkey. There were no casualties reported. An unidentified individual telephoned Kanal D after the attack to claim responsibility for the incident on behalf of a fundamentalist terrorist organization. The executive editor of Channel-D, Tuncay Ozkan, said the attack came in response to an announcement by the channel that it would no longer report on any "terrorist" attacks. The anonymous caller reminded Channel-D of its pledge not to report on any terrorist attacks and said, "Now, let's see whether you report this attack on you." A person said to be one of the two perpetrators, Ali Acar, was caught in Besiktas and reported to be a member of the illegal organization Great East Islamic Raiders–Front (IBDA-C) - Islami Buyuk.




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: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Channel-D Television Station
Specific Description Kanal D Television building in the Mecidiyekoy quarter in Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Authorities reported a pipe-type concussion bomb was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front (IBDA-C) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
“Turkey: Kanal D Bomb Attack Suspect IBDA/C Member,” Ankara Anatolia, December 26, 1999.
“Bomb Thrown at Channel-D Building, No Casualties,” Turkish Daily News, December 27, 1999.
“Turkey: One Caught, Fundamentalists Reported Behind Bomb Attack,” TRT TV, December 26, 1999.