Incident Summary:

07/20/2015: A suicide bomber detonated at a cultural center hosting anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) activists in Suruc city, Sanliurfa province, Turkey. In addition to the bomber, 33 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the blast. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201507200005

When:
2015-07-20

Country:
Turkey

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sanliurfa

City:
Suruc

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF)
Specific Description Press Conference
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest was 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Two policemen 'killed in Turkey'," BBC, July 22, 2015."
"PKK claim double police officer killings in Turkey," Deutsche Welle, July 22, 2015."
"Turkey car bomb kills two soldiers as PKK truce breaks down," BBC Online, July 26, 2015."