Incident Summary:

02/11/2013: An explosives-laden bus detonated at a border crossing at Cilvegozu, between Turkey and Syria, in Reyhanli, Hatay, Turkey. Thirteen people were killed and at least 24 were injured in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident; however, two unidentified individuals were seen leaving the Syrian-registered vehicle at the scene.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Reyhanli

Location Details:
The incident occurred at Cilvegozu border gate at the crossing with Syria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Minibus of Syrian Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
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 Vehicle
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Surveillance videos appear to show the people who left the vehicle at the location of the explosion, one of whom was affiliated with Syrian intelligence service Al-Mukhabarat. Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Blast takes place at Cilvegozu Border Gate," Anadolu Agency (AA), February 11, 2013.
"Hurriyet: Explosion at Turkish-Syrian border gate kills 13, Erdogan Comments," Hurriyet Daily News Online, February 11, 2013.