Incident Summary:

1/1/2001: An improvised explosive device went off shortly after midnight on Istiklal Street, near Taksim square, Istanbul, Turkey. Taksim square was full of people celebrating the new year when the bomb exploded. Ten people were injured in the attack and the remaining crowds fled in panic. Authorities speculate that the attack may have been retaliatory for a recent crackdown on jail-based hunger strikes.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
Istiklal Street, near Taksim square

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Turkish businesses
Specific Description Storefronts in the vicinity of the explosion
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians celebrating the new year
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
A homemade pipe bomb
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 The governor of Istanbul stated that the attackers were trying to destroy the rule of law in the country.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Bomb explosion injures 10 Turks, mars new year celebrations," Associated Press, December 31, 2000."
"Update 1 - Ten wounded in Istanbul bomb blast," Reuters, January 1, 2001."
"10 injuries in bomb explosion in Istanbul," Agence France-Presse, January 1, 2001."