Incident Summary:

07/24/2014: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles and assailants stormed a military base in Raqqah city, Raqqah governorate, Syria. In addition to 28 assailants, 86 soldiers, 51 of whom had been taken hostage, were killed in the attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Army
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 51
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 600
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 114 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 114
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 28
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Militants Said to Kill Scores at a Syrian Base," The New York Times, July 26, 2014.
"Jihadists seize Syria army base, behead soldiers: NGO," Agence France Presse -- English, July 26, 2014.
"Syrian troops recapture gas fields in Homs, suffer losses in Raqqah," MENAFN, July 27, 2014.