Incident Summary:

01/12/2016: A suicide bomber detonated near tourists at Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul city, Istanbul province, Turkey. In addition to the bomber, at least 12 people were killed and 13 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists
Nationality of Target Multinational
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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. The nationalities of the victims included German, Peruvian, Norwegian, and South Korean individuals.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Woman dies, taking German death toll in Istanbul blast to 12," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, February 23, 2016.
"Death toll from January 12 Istanbul terrorism attack rises to 11," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 26, 2016.
"Arrest is made in deadly Istanbul attack," International New York Times, January 13, 2016.