Incident Summary:

10/01/2014: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near Akrameh al-Makhzumi Elementary School in Akrameh neighborhood, Homs city, Homs governorate, Syria. This was one of two blasts in Akrameh; this first explosion targeted children as they were leaving the school. At least 54 people, including 47 children and three security personnel, were killed and an unknown number of others were injured in the blasts. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspect that Al-Nusrah Front was behind the attacks.




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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Akrameh neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Akrameh al-Makhzumi School
Specific Description Elementary School
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
Two car bombs were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of wounded across incidents 201410010025 and 201410010026. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Nusrah Front (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hundreds protest in Syria's Homs after school bombing," Agence France Presse -- English, October 2, 2014.
"Children among dozens dead in blasts outside two Syrian schools," Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2014.
"Homs school blasts spark anger, accusations," Lebanon Daily Star, October 2, 2014.