Incident Summary:

03/21/2013: A suicide bomber detonated himself at al-Eman Mosque in Damascus city, Damascus governorate, Syria. A prominent pro-Assad Sunni cleric, Mohamed al-Bouti was killed along with 50 others. Additionally, 84 others were injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201303220001

When:
2013-03-21

Country:
Syria

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Damascus

City:
Damascus

Location Details:
Al-Eman Mosque

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al-Eman Mosque
Specific Description Cleric: Mohamed Said Ramadan al-Bouti
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 50 Fatalities / 84 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 50
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 84
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Senior cleric, others killed in Syria mosque bombing," Los Angeles Times, March 22, 2013."
"Syria's prominent Islamic scholar killed in Damascus' blast," Xinhua News Agency, March 21, 2013."
"Senior Pro-Assad Sunni Imam in Syria Is Assassinated," New York Times, March 21, 2013."