Incident Summary:

09/18/2012: Assailants launched a rocket at and opened fire on a Turkish military convoy on the Bingol-Mus highway near Kardesler area, Bingol province, Turkey. Ten soldiers were killed and 60 injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident, but sources attributed it to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kardesler

Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Bingol-Mus highway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Armed Forces (TSK)
Specific Description Joint Convoy
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
A rocket and assault rifles 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
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 10 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"10 Turkish soldiers killed in Kurdish rebel attack," Agence France Presse -- English, September 18, 2012.
"4 Turkish troops killed in Kurdish rebel attack," Agence France Presse -- English, September 18, 2012.
"10 Turkish soldiers killed in attack by suspected Kurdish rebels," dpa International Service in English, September 18, 2012.