Incident Summary:

06/25/2015: Assailants, including suicide bombers, detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the Syrian Border Police border crossing in Kobani, Aleppo governorate, Syria. Following the blast, assailants stormed the town and detonated two more explosives-laden vehicles and also opened fire on security forces. At least 174 people, including security forces, civilians, and 54 assailants, were killed and more than 200 people were injured in the attack. This was one of two related incidents in and around Kobani on the same day. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Syrian Border Police
Specific Description Border Crossing
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 Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 174 Fatalities / 201 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 174
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 54
Total Number of Injured 201
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Kurds oust IS from Syria's Kobane as civilian toll mounts," Agence France Presse -- English, June 27, 2015.
"Kurds secure Syria's Kobani after Islamic State attack," Reuters, June 27, 2015.
"IS 'kills 120 civilians' in Kobane," BBC, June 26, 2015.