Incident Summary:

04/11/2014: Assailants released chlorine gas in Kafr Zita town, Hamah governorate, Syria. At least two people were killed and 101 others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Nusrah Front.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Kafr Zita

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Chlorine gas was used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria, given that sources speculated that the attack may have been carried out by the Syrian government.
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 2 Fatalities / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Official: U.S. probing reports of toxic-gas attack," Columbus Dispatch, April 14, 2014."
"Syrian sides trade blame over poison attack," Al Jazeera, April 12, 2014."
"Syrians trade blame over 'poison' attack on town," The Daily Star Online, April 12, 2014."