Incident Summary:

08/02/2015: A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden tractor detonated targeting the Karabulak gendarmerie building near Dogubayazit town, Agri province, Turkey. In addition to the bomber, at least two soldiers were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred near Dogubayazit.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Turkish Gendarmerie
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Turkey
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden tractor containing two tons of explosives 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) 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"PKK kills 50 Turkish gendarmes," Armenpress, August 5, 2015.
"Turkey: PKK Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Turkish Soldiers, Injuries 24 in Dogubayazit," International Business Times India, August 2, 2015.
"Turkish Airstrikes In Iraq Target Kurdish PKK Militants, Not Civilians, Military Says," International Business Times, August 2, 2015.