Incident Summary:

05/15/2014: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated in a garage at the Bab As Salameh border crossing in As Salameh area, Aleppo governorate, Syria. At least 43 people were killed and more than 81 others were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Salameh

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Bab As Salameh border crossing

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Garage
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Liwa al-Tawhid
Specific Description Border Post
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
An explosive-laden vehicle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria, given that the incident may have been the result of infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Liwa al-Tawhid.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 81 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 81
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Syria: Bomb Kills Dozens Near Turkey," The New York Times, May 16, 2014."
"Car bomb kills 43 near Syria-Turkey border: monitor," Agence France Presse -- English, May 15, 2014."
"Deadly blast at Syria Turkey border," BBC, May 15, 2014."