Incident Summary:

01/15/2013: A rocket landed near a dormitory at the University of Aleppo in Aleppo city, Aleppo governorate, Syria. This was one of two similar rocket attacks on campus on the same day. At least 41 people were killed and another 80 people were injured across the two attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Aleppo
Specific Description Campus dormitories
Nationality of Target Syria
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A rocket was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. It is unclear whether the rocket attack was carried out by a perpetrator group of by government forces. Casualty numbers for this event represent an equal division of the number of killed and wounded covering incidents 201301150003 and 201301150004.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 41 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"More than 80 killed in campus blast in Syria's Aleppo," AFP, January 15, 2013.
"Dozens killed in Aleppo University blasts," Al Jazeera English, January 15, 2013.
"Syria crisis: Dozens killed by Aleppo university blasts," BBC News Online, January 15, 2013.