Incident Summary:

01/03/2008: A car bomb targeting soldiers killed five people including two soldiers and wounded 68 in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir in southern Turkey at about 5pm. A bus carrying about 50 soldiers on their way back to base blew up in a parking lot between a hotel and shopping mall when suspected Kurdish rebels of the Kurdish Workers Party (or PKK) detonated a remote-controlled car bomb inside a parked car. The attack damaged nearby buildings. It is suspected that the attack was in retaliation for three airstrikes by Turkish warplanes against Kurdish rebel shelters in northern Iraq last month.




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: Military
Name of Entity Turkish soldiers
Specific Description
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity
Specific Description
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 Vehicle
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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 68 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 68
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Selcan Hacaoglu, “4 killed, 68 wounded by car bomb in southeastern Turkey,” Associated Press, January 3, 2008.
United Press International, “Five dead in bombing in Turkey,” January 3, 2008.
Voice of America News, “Blast Kills 5 in Mainly Kurdish City in Turkey,” January 3, 2008.