Incident Summary:

12/06/2014: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) Airbase outside of Deir ez-Zor city, Deir ez-Zor governorate, Syria. The bombing was followed by projectile fire and clashes between assailants and government forces. At least 111 people, including 51 soldiers and 60 assailants, were killed and an unknown number of people were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Deir ez-Zor

Deir ez-Zor

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Deir ez-Zor airbase

Attack Information
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 Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Airbase
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
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
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle and artillery were 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) 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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
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 111 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 111
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 60
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"IS seizes part of key air base in east Syria: monitor," Agence France Presse -- English, December 6, 2014.
"Islamic State breaches lone Syrian air base: monitor," Reuters, December 6, 2014.
"IS seizes base in Syria," The News International, December 7, 2014.