Incident Summary:

10/20/2013: A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked an army checkpoint near Hamah city, Hamah governorate, Syria. At least 31 people, including the assailant, were killed and 24 others were injured in this attack. The blast damaged at least 20 vehicles and several nearby homes and shops. No group claimed responsibility for this incident; however, sources attributed it to Al-Nusrah Front.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Hamah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Army
Specific Description Checkpoint
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 Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A truck bomb packed with 1.5 tons of explosives and driven by a suicide bomber 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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Nusrah Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 31 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 31
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bomb explosion kills 30 in Syria," News Track India, October 20, 2013."
"Suicide bomber kills 31 in Syria's Hama: NGO," Agence France Presse -- English, October 20, 2013."
"30 dead in Syria checkpoint bombing," Associated Press Online, October 20, 2013."