Incident Summary:

08/20/2012: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near a police station in Gaziantep city, Gaziantep province, Turkey. At least 10 people were killed and another 67 injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The PKK denied involvement.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Turkish National Police (EGM)
Specific Description Police Station
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remote-detonated explosive device was 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
Additional Information Sources provide conflicting casualty counts.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 13
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 67 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 67
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll in Turkey bomb rises to 9," Associated Press Online, August 21, 2012.
"4 detained in connection with Turkey bomb blast," Associated Press Online, August 22, 2012.
"UPDATE 2-Turkey probes possible Syrian involvement in car bomb," Reuters News, August 21, 2012.