Incident Summary:

05/19/2012: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in a parking lot near a Syrian Armed Forces military intelligence complex and military hospital in Deir ez-Zor city, Deir ez-Zor governorate, Syria. In addition to the assailant, at least nine people, including civilians and military personnel, were killed, and 100 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Deir ez-Zor

Deir ez-Zor

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Buildings
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosive device weighing 1,000 kilograms was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb reportedly strikes near Syrian military and intelligence center," CNN Wire, May 19, 2012."
"UPDATE 3-Syria bomb kills 9, Damascus blames foreign plot," Reuters News, May 19, 2012."
"UPDATE 1-Car bomb hits Syria's Deir al-Zor, casualties reported," Reuters News, May 19, 2012."