Incident Summary:

05/10/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in front of the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shughur, Idlib governorate, Syria. Following the blast, additional assailants then entered the building and clashed with the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers and civilians trapped inside. At least 72 people, including 32 soldiers and 40 assailants, were killed in the attack. Al-Nusrah Front and Jaysh al-Islam (Syria) claimed responsibility for the attack. Additionally, sources attributed the attack to the Ansar al-Din Front.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Jisr al-Shughur

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Syria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck and 14-mm and 23-mm machine guns 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
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
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Ansar al-Din Front No
Jaysh al-Islam (Syria) 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 72 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 72
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 40
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"72 dead as Syria army battles to free loyalists: monitor," Agence France Presse -- English, May 11, 2015.
"Rebels storm building in Syria," The Gulf Today, May 11, 2015.
"Syria rebels storm Jisr al-Shughur hospital," Lebanon Daily Star, May 11, 2015.