Incident Summary:

02/21/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the Baath party offices in Damascus, Syria. In addition to the assailant, at least 61 people were killed and over 200 other people were injured in the blast. Several surrounding buildings and vehicles were damaged including a bus station and school. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Specific Description Offices
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
A suicide car bomb 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 reliable estimates are reported here.
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 62 Fatalities / 201 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 62
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 201
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly blast hits regime-held part of Syria's Homs: SANA," Agence France Presse, February 28, 2013."
"Powerful car bomb kills at least 31 in Syria capital," Agence France Presse, February 21, 2013."
"Damascus hit by its deadliest bombing in Syria war," Agence France Presse, February 21, 2013."