Incident Summary:

10/25/2013: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at the Osama Bin Zeid mosque in Suq Wadi Barada town, Rif Dimashq governorate, Syria. At least 40 people were killed and 24 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for this incident; however, state sources reported Al-Nusra Front was responsible for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Rif Dimashq

Suq Wadi Barada

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Osama Bin Zeid Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
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
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. Syrian opposition activists suspected that the attack was carried out by government forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Nusrah Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 40 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 40
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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"Car bomb at mosque near Damascus killed 40, including 7 children: NGO," Agence France Presse -- English, October 25, 2013."
"40 Die in Syria car-bomb attack," Fox News Latino, October 26, 2013."