Incident Summary:

07/27/2008: On Sunday, two bombs exploded minutes apart in one of Istanbul's busy shopping districts on the European side. Though the Kurdistan Workers Party denied responsibility for the attack, officials continually accuse them of direct involvement.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Gungoren, Istanbul, Istanbul.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Unspecified civilians
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Bombs concealed within trash bins were 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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 9
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 154 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 154
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Today's Zaman News, "Explosions in Instanbul Kill 17, Injure More Than 150," Today's Zaman News, July 28, 2008.
World News Connection, "Police Apprehend Three Youths After Istanbul Bombing Article: Caught in Coal Cellar," Miliyet News, July 29, 2008.
World News Connection, "Turkish Court Arrests 8 PKK Members for Istanbul Terror Attack," Ankara Anatolia, August 3, 2008.