Incident Summary:

09/18/2015: Several suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles in Kafrayah village, Idlib governorate, Syria. Assailants also fired rockets and detonated additional explosives-laden vehicles. This was one of two attacks targeting neighboring villages in Idlib on the same day. At least 113 people, including 66 assailants, were killed and an unknown number of others were injured across both incidents. Al-Nusrah Front, Ahrar al-Sham, and Jund al-Aqsa all claimed responsibility for the attacks. Sources also attributed the incidents to the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP).




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kafrayah Village
Specific Description Village
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Nine explosives-laden vehicles, including seven driven by suicide bombers, and approximately 400 rockets were used in this and another related 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 represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201509180051 and 201509180052. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ahrar al-Sham Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Al-Nusrah Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jund al-Aqsa 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 56 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 33
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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"Fatah Army launches new attack on Shiite villages as regime air strikes kill 17 in Idlib," Zaman al-Wasl, September 19, 2015.