Incident Summary:

04/13/2015: An explosive device planted in a tunnel underneath the Air Force Intelligence Directorate Headquarters detonated in Jamia al-Zayraa neighborhood, Aleppo city, Aleppo governorate, Syria. Following the blast, assailants then attacked the base with projectiles and firearms. At least 13 assailants were killed and more than 20 soldiers were killed or wounded in the incident. The Shamiya Front claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in revenge for the killing of women and children in Aleppo by the Asad regime. Al-Nusrah Front, Ansar al-Din Front, and Al-Sham Legion also claimed responsibility for the attack, while sources attributed the attack to Fajr al-Khilafah.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Jamia al-Zayraa neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Air Force Intelligence Directorate
Specific Description Headquarters
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Sham Legion Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Ansar al-Din Front Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Muhajireen Army) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Blast, fierce clashes rock Syrian regime Aleppo base," Agence France Presse -- English, April 13, 2015.
"Syria rebels attack govt intelligence center in Aleppo," Saudi Gazette, April 14, 2015.
"Barrel bombs rain down on Aleppo,", April 14, 2015.