Incident Summary:

12/22/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a primary school in Umm Al-Amad town, Homs governorate, Syria. In addition to the bomber, at least 20 people, including students, were killed and an unknown number of people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Umm Al-Amad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Primary School
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 suicide bomber in a truck 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 most recent 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 21 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2nd LD: Death toll of school blast in Syria's Homs rises to 20," Philippines News Agency, December 23, 2013."
"Syria airstrikes kill dozens in Aleppo in eighth day of bombardment," Deutsche Welle, December 22, 2013."
"Car bomb explosion at Syrian school kills eight," UPI, December 22, 2013."