Incident Summary:

05/11/2013: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside Reyhanli Post Office in Reyhanli town, Hatay province, Turkey. This was one of two car bombs in Reyhanli on the same day. At least 53 civilians were killed and another 140 were injured across the two blasts. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Turkish authorities denied the group's involvement, attributing the attack to Mihrac Ural, the leader of the Syrian Resistance.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity General Directorate of Post and Telegraph Organization (PTT)
Specific Description Reyhanli Post Office
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Refugees
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An intense car bomb 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) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201305110007 and 201305110008. Turkish officials also speculated that the Syrian government sponsored the attacks.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Syrian Resistance No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Turkey 'arrests terror suspects'," BBC, May 30, 2013.
"Death toll in Turkey car bombings rises to 51," Agence France Presse -- English, May 14, 2013.
"Turkey opens trial over deadly Reyhanlı bombings," Hurriyet Daily News Online, February 10, 2014.