Incident Summary:

08/27/2004: A bomb attack was carried out against the Ayios Mamas Church in the town of Morphou in north-west Cyprus. The bomb explosion caused extensive damage to the Ayios Mamas Church, also known as the Guzelyurt Museum, but no one was injured. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Ayios Mamas Church
Specific Description Ayios Mamas Church in Morphou
Nationality of Target Cyprus
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 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 The Ayios Mamas Church was expected to reopen in celebration of the saint's name day on September 1, 2004 for the first time since the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation.
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 / 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
“Turkish Cypriot 'Police' Say Bomb Attack on Church Being Investigated,” Nicosia BRT-1 TV, August 27, 2004.
“Denktas: Church Bombing Regrettable, But Turkish Cypriots Were Provoked,” Nicosia BRT-1 TV, August 27, 2004.
“Cypriot Government Condemns Ayios Mamas Bomb Attack in North,” Cyprus News Agency, August 27, 2004.